Hyundai has recently launched the fifth-generation Verna in India. This MY 2017 model is not just a facelifted car, but a completely new-generation sedan. It gets a new design language and is packed with many new features. Check out these pictures from the launch event, as the sedan takes on rivals like the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in our country.
While the earlier Verna was based on the K1 platform, the new model is based on the K2 platform. This is also shared with its elder sibling - the Hyundai Elantra.
Up front, there's Hyundai's cascading grille with chrome slats. This global layout has already made its way to Indian cars like the Elantra, the refreshed Hyundai Grand i10 and the updated Xcent.
The Verna sports projector headlamps and LED DRLs with a bright illumination. These have been shaped like the ones seen on high-end luxury cars.
The front bumper gets widely spaced out front air-intakes. This is where you will also notice projector fog lamps, unlike the conventional ones. They provide a focused illumination.
On the side, the Verna gets a coupe-like profile. The roofline slopes towards the edge of the boot lid to add to the style quotient.
The top-end variants will ride on five-spoke diamond cut 16-inch alloys. Meanwhile, the lower grades will make do with 15-inch ones.
At the back, the split-type LED tail lamps with light guides have a nice appeal. The design is in line with Hyundai's design language seen on the Elite i20 too.
Hyundai is offering the Verna in a choice of seven color options. This includes flame orange, phantom black, sleek silver, fiery red, polar white, siena brown and stardust.
Hyundai says the Verna will have the best in segment NVH levels. The cabin is designed to be spacious and the materials used will give a premium feel to the occupants.
The interior design and layout is driver-centric. This means that the driver has all features and the electronics bank within easy reach.
The instrument cluster is a 3.5-inch mono TFT-LCD screen. It gets the speedometer and tachometer while also offering other useful information.
A seven-inch full-colour touchscreen infotainment system finds a prominent central space in the dashboard. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.
The automaker has made sure to introduce some segment-first features in the Verna. Front ventilated seats is one such feature, which keeps the seats cool in hot weather.
Furthermore, the sedan isn't short of premium features. For instance, the electronic sunroof adds to the ambience and imparts a sense of openness.
A rear curtain in the form of a sunblind blocks the sunrays entering from the rear windscreen. It also helps in maintaining the privacy of rear seat passengers.
According to Hyundai’s ‘Safe-Drive Philosophy’, the carmaker has made sure that the Verna complies with its safety standards. Dual airbags, ABS and ISOFIX mounts are offered as standard across all variants.
The car gets a hands-free smart trunk to add to the convenience. It automatically opens if the owner stands for more than 3 seconds near the boot with a smart key.
There are two engine options – a 123bhp 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine and a 128bhp 1.6-litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel mill.
Transmission duties are taken care of by either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, depending on the variant.
The claimed fuel efficiency is 17.7kmpl for the petrol model and 24.75kmpl for the diesel engine powered variant.
In terms of service features too, the Verna comes with three years unlimited kilometres warranty, roadside assistance and three map updates.
Additionally, Hyundai has also provided an 'Auto Link' app. Owners can monitor several aspects of their new Verna through their smartphone.
The introductory pricing starts at Rs 7.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, this pricing is applicable only for the first 20,000 customers, after which there will be a price revision.
The South Korean manufacturer is looking at sales of about 4,500 units per month. It is also aiming to deliver about 10,000 units of Hyundai Verna before Diwali.