Hyundai has unveiled the 2017 Solaris in Russia, which is likely to be launched in the Indian market as the updated Verna in 2017. The company had earlier unveiled the sedan in the Chinese market in 2016 at the Chengdu Motor Show. However, the carmaker has since then changed the styling of the car, which now gets minor cosmetic updates along with a new set of petrol engines in the Russian market. In India though, the upcoming Hyundai Solaris will be christened as the Verna and will be powered by the same engine options as on the current model.
The 2017 Verna’s design looks similar to the larger Elantra and will get minor cosmetic changes like a new front bumper, revised front grille with chrome slats and front fog lamp with chrome surounds as well as air vents. The projector headlamps will feature LED lights with daytime running lamps, while the rear-end of the new Verna will feature an updated bumper and tailgate. The company has also equipped the car with slim LED turn signals to further enhance the styling. The side profile of the car remains largely same with sculpted body lines and chrome finished door handles.
The 2017 Verna is expected to be based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy. The car will also use high-strength steel for safety and improved stability. The car is now slightly larger and will be longer by 5 mm, wider by 28 mm and have a wheelbase longer by 30 mm over the existing model.
Inside the cabin, the India-spec version is expected to get a dual-tone interior and will feature multi-info digital instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth compatibility as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The higher variants of the new Verna will be equipped with dual front and side airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), automatic climate control system and reverse parking sensors with rear view camera. The base version is expected to get dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as a standard safety feature.
Powering the Hyundai Solaris in Russia is a 1.4 litre petrol engine that develops 100 hp of power and a 1.6 petrol engine that produces 123 hp, paired to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The 1.4 litre variants will get drum brakes at the rear, while the 1.6 litre unit will feature all disc brakes. In India, the 2017 Verna will get similar engine options, a 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engine, which also powers the current Hyundai Verna.
Hyundai will launch the new Solaris in Russia in late February, 2017 and will be launched as the Verna in the Indian market in this year.