Hyundai is all set to launch the 2017 Verna in India today that will compete with the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid in its segment. The new Hyundai Verna is based on Hyundai's new K2 platform ‘super body structure’ that makes use of 50 percent advanced high-strength steel. This, in turn, improves the performance of the vehicle and also enhances the safety as the new chassis has undergone structural changes making the car safer. The fifth generation Verna is powered by a 1.6 litre petrol and 1.6 litre diesel engine that is paired to both six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission. The 1.6 litre Dual VTVT petrol engine develops 120 hp of power, while the 1.6 litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel unit generates 123 hp.
The carmaker has also increased the dimensions of the sedan in order to offer more space at the rear. This has been done by increasing the length, width and headroom of the car.
Segment-first features on the new Hyundai Verna include front-ventilated seats, rear curtains and eco coating that helps to control and eliminate the foul smell from the cabin and keeps it fresh. These features are available on the higher variants along with six airbags and rear parking sensors and camera. The car also gets rear A/C vents and an updated 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition and navigation.
The automaker has also equipped the 2017 Verna with Hands-free boot lid, which the company calls it hands-free smart trunk that allows passengers or the drivers to easily open the boot by just standing close to the boot. The car gets the same Fluidic design language similar to the Hyundai Elantra. The exterior features an electric sunroof, a cascade design front grille, projector headlamps, fog lamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) and LED tail lamps.
The car manufacturer has already started accepting pre-bookings for the upcoming sedan at Rs 25,000 across its dealership. Globally, over 8.8 million Hyundai Verna sedans have been sold in about 66 countries and the company has sold about 3.17 lakh units in India.