Hyundai has announced that the new Verna is scheduled for launch on 22nd of August. Pre-bookings have opened and can be made from Hyundai dealerships from today to the 21st of August. By the looks of it, Hyundai has spent a huge amount of time and effort developing the new Verna, to ensure that it makes a big splash in its segment. To put that in perspective Hyundai has said that they have spent in excess of Rs1,050 crore to develop their new sedan! Underpinning the new Verna will be the new K2 platform made from ultra high-strength steel for added strength, Hyundai also says will help in both High-speed stability and better handling. They have even revamped the NVH saying that they have even redesigned the suspension mounts to lower the noise transfer into the cabin. The Verna is one of Hyundai's most succesful sub-brands having sold over 3 lakh units since it's launch, with the new car they obviously intend to further their market share and overthrow the segment leader, Honda's City.
The new Verna will take most of its styling cues from the current Elantra, with the design language pointing to Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy. The international model gets a large single piece grill in the front, sharper lines on the headlamp cluster and, of course, LED DRLs and projector headlamps. Interestingly the tail lamps are more reminiscent of those on the i20. Again pointing towards a paradigm shift towards the “i” nomenclature. Cosmetics aside, the sedan will also feature dimensional upgrades, growing 65 mm in length and 29 mm in width, with wheelbase growing by 10mm. Which means that passengers can expect better legroom and headroom, not to mention additional boot space in terms of a 480l boot. The Verna is also slated to get a rear curtain, HandsFree boot-lid, front ventilated seats & Eco coating (odour control).
In terms of tech-goodies and features, Hyundai’s new sedan will get a 7-inch touch screen system, including a 7-inch touchscreen system on the higher variants that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with dual airbags and ABS as standard in almost all trims. These will be angled slightly towards the driver to ensure that the driver's attention does not come off the road for too long.
In terms of mechanics, we expect the new-Verna/next-gen sedan will get the same 1.4 liter and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel motors from the current model. Although it might be fair to expect a significant if not considerable upgrade in terms of power and fuel efficiency. Hyundai will also carry forward the existing 6-speed automatic transmissions for both engines.
Now Hyundai has a lot riding on the Verna success, as the company tries to push it’s way up into premium segments. Especially considering Maruti’s success with Nexa, and dividing their brand into premium and vanilla. If you’d like to book the Verna ahead of the launch, bookings start at Rs. 25,000, however, depending on the dealership one and booking number one could expect to wait till September until you get till it is delivered.