We have spotted a prototype of the all-new Hyundai Verna testing in India and the minimal camouflage worn by the test-mule indicates that the car is almost production ready. The new Hyundai Verna is expected to be launched in the second half of the calendar-year 2017. We expect Hyundai to launch the car before Diwali to cash in on the festive season.
Hyundai has already launched the new Verna in China last year and is the same car is expected to come to India with a few changes to suit the Indian tastes. In India, the Verna has been benchmarked against the Honda City, which means, you can expect better leg-room than the outgoing car. Also, we have noticed a marked improvement in the handling characteristics of the new Hyundai cars over the past three years and we expect the Verna to be a much better handler than its predecessor.
The chrome-laden grille and the swept back headlamps of the new Verna are akin to those of the new Hyundai Xcent, launched last month. The Verna will also get LED daytime running lamps embedded in the headlamp unit and bumper-mounted fog lamps. The tail lamps will be LED and will pan horizontally across the boot. The interiors will be similar to the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson in terms of equipment and feel. Under the hood, the car will continue to house the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options like its predecessor.