After launching multiple teasers as part of an ongoing promotional campaign, Hyundai has finally launched the new generation of Verna in India. Prices of the updated sedan starts at Rs 10.9 lakh and go up to Rs 17.38 lakh (both ex-showroom). The new-gen Verna is available in four trims– EX, S, SX and SX (O).
Bookings for this new sedan kicked off last month at a token amount of Rs 25,000, while deliveries are expected to begin from April. Earlier, the Korean carmaker teased preview sketches of the new-gen Verna on its social media handles before spy images of the production-spec model were leaked on the internet.
The new-gen Verna is evidently larger than its predecessor offering a 70mm longer wheelbase and a 36mm wider cabin resulting in a best-in-segment wheelbase of 2,670mm as well as a segment-best width of 1,765mm. Hyundai is offering the new Verna in as many as nine colourways including seven mono-tone options and two dual-tone options.
Features on offer
In its latest avatar, the Verna packs all the bells and whistles that justify its premium tag. It is loaded with features like 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, 10.25-inch digital instrument console with a color TFT MID, BlueLink connected car tech, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, keyless entry, wireless phone charger, dual-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, electric sunroof, and more.
Safety of occupants is taken care of by 65 active and passive features including six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold function for automatic variants, front and rear parking sensors, cornering lamps, tyre pressure monitoring system, etc.
However, the highlight of Verna’s safety package is the addition of SmartSense– Hyundai’s Level 2 ADAS (Advanced Driver’s Assistance System) functionality– comprising features like forward collision detection, blind spot detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, and leading vehicle departure alert.
The latest iteration of Verna is an all-petrol offering with no diesel option available. The mid-size sedan can be had with either a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine or a 1.5-litre GDI turbocharged petrol motor. The former can churn out 114 bhp and 144 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the new 1.5-litre turbo petrol motor dishes out 158 bhp and 253 Nm of peak torque.
Both engines are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of CVT and DCT automatic transmissions in the naturally aspirated unit and turbocharged unit, respectively. These powertrains are now OBD-2 compliant and compatible with E20 (20% ethanol blended) fuel.
(Images courtesy: Hyundai)
Edited by Akanksha Sarma