Hyundai’s newest C-segment luxury sedan is on it’s way in to replace the existing Hyundai Verna. Notice how we didn’t say the new Verna ? Well that has to do with the fact that no communication we have received from Hyundai has actually referred to the new car as an Verna. Instead, simply referring to it as and we quote “the most awaited next-gen sedan”. Purely on speculation Hyundai may choose to abandon the Verna moniker and switch to the European “i” format, to boost brand image in the market. The outgoing Verna is already an aggressive contender in its segment, but over time has lost out to the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Fourth Generation of the Honda City. Simply put it got dated.The new Verna or should we say “next-gen” sedan, will take most of it’s 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 15 mm in length and 29 mm in width, with wheelbase growing by 10mm. Which means that passengers can expect better legroom, not to mention additional boot space.
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.
In terms of mechanics, we expect the new-Verna/next-gen sedan will get the same 1.4 litre 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 carried forward the existing automatic transmissions for both engines.
Hyundai expect to launch the model by the end of August 2017, while bookings have opened across the country. Now Hyundai have 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 to drive it.