Hyundai India will launch the new Verna on August 22, 2017. The company has opened bookings for Rs 21,000 a few weeks ago. The car was first showcased at the Chengdu Motor show last year.
The all-new Verna is built on the K2 platform and is a recipient of the latest Fluidic Sculpture 2 design language. In fact, the fifth-generation car looks like a mini-Elantra. New LED projector headlights with LED DRLs outline the head-on change. The 16-inch alloys also get a new design. The rear has an integrated spoiler and is a familiar scene considering it looks like the one from the new Xcent. The tail lamps themselves though seem inspired from the new Elantra.
Inside, the changes are obvious too. Long gone is the staid design of the outgoing car and in comes a more exuberant look. There are fewer number of buttons on the dashboard, and the console is angled slightly towards the driver. The top-end Verna gets six airbags, cruise control, smartphone connectivity, rear curtain, rear AC vents, ventilated seats, sunroof and voice command. The infotainment system is the same one as the Elantra and Tucson, and mirrors Apple as well as Android phones.
Hyundai has also increased the length of the car by a good 65mm and the car is wider as well. This should translate to an improved headroom in the cabin as well as with respect to the boot space (480 litres). The company claims that the ride quality as well as reliability have been also given higher focus. The steering feel is also claimed to have been improved. There are only two engine options in the new Verna as opposed to the four earlier. They are the familiar 1.6-litre petrol (123PS) and diesel (128PS) engines. These engines are mated to 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
We will be driving the new Verna soon. Watch out for our first drive review, images as well as the video review.