The Hyundai Verna has been one of the most popular sedans from the South Korean carmaker's portfolio. However, with the introduction of the new Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz which have a number of better features the current-generation Verna was losing its popularity. That was primarily due to the limited set of features such as an infotainment system which only supported Bluetooth connectivity and streaming while competitors also offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or similar softwares to mirror a phone's screen to an infotainment system. Another aspect is the price tag wherein the Verna which starts from Rs 7.84 lakh is similar to the starting price tag of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is Rs 7.65 lakh and the Honda City starts to retail from Rs 8.46 lakh, all ex-showroom. Considering the price tag between the three contenders, it was becoming a losing battle for the Verna. However, according to the official teaser video that Hyundai India has just released, the sedan will be much better in terms of features as well as design which would follow Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy. As seen in the video, the new Hyundai Verna will have a tail lamp cluster very similar to that of its elder sedan sibling, the Elantra. Upfront, the design language will also be similar to the Elantra with the signature hexagonal grille and projector headlamp units with LED Daytime Running Lamps.
Apart from the design, there are no official changes with regards to the engine or transmission and the existing set may be carried forward. These would include a 1.4 litre petrol as well as diesel units and larger capacity 1.6 litre engines as well. The petrol engines would be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and would have an automatic transmission as well. The automatic gearbox, however, may only be available with the 1.6 litre petrol engine option. The 1.4 litre diesel would be mated to a 5-speed manual unit while the 1.6 litre diesel will come with a 6-speed manual transmission. The new Hyundai Verna will measure 4,385 mm in length, 1,729 mm in width, 1,450 mm in height and will have a wheelbase of 2,580 mm. The major change inside the cabin would be an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit which will have Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and possibly Mirrorlink connectivity. The centre console of the new Verna would also be tilted towards the driver for ease of using the various control. Top-end versions would also boast of an automatic climate control, electrically adjustable as well as foldable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) and auto dimming IRVM (Interior Rear View Mirror).
Standard safety features of the new Hyundai Verna may include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and dual front airbags since it will soon become a mandate for all variants of all cars sold in India by the Government. Higher trims would also have a rear parking camera and additional airbags. In terms of price, the new Hyundai Verna, despite its heavy makeover and additional features should hover near or may be priced less than the existing model thanks to the implementation of GST which has worked in favour of the Indian automotive industry. The earlier tax structure which entailed almost 50 percent tax being levied on such cars has witnessed a drop of seven percent where GST or Goods and Services Tax of 28 percent along with additional cess of 15 percent comes to 43 percent.