The new Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna has been launched in India at Rs 7.73 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The C-segment sedan will be available in 10 trims with the option of two diesel and two petrol engines. Being just a facelift, the new 4S Fluidic Verna retains a majority of the mechanical bits from its predecessor, though it does get a host of cosmetic changes to give it a fresh lease of life.
The 4S Fluidic Verna is aesthetically similar to the Hyundai Solaris which has been on sale in Russia and China for quite some time now. The front fascia of the car has been revamped with a new bumper and edgier swept-back headlamps. Though the silhouette is the same, the creases along the side profile and on the bonnet have been revised, giving the car a new-fangled look.
The powetrain options of the new 4S Fluidic Verna have been carried over from the previous car. The base petrol variants are available with a 1.4-litre VTVT engine while the high-end variants get a 1.6-litre VTVT unit. The diesel variants also get the option of either a 1.4-litre CRDi unit or a 1.6-litre CRDi unit. While the petrol variants come with a five-speed manual gearbox, the diesel variants are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. A four-speed automatic gearbox is also available in the top-end petrol and diesel variants.
Until last year, the Hyundai Verna was the best-selling C-segment sedan in India, though its popularity took a huge hit after the launch of the Honda City. Since its launch a year ago, the Honda City has repeatedly managed to outsell the Verna, with the past few months seeing Verna’s monthly sales drop below the 2,000 mark. With the new 4S Fluidic Verna, the Korean manufacturer will attempt to regain the top slot in the lucrative C-segment, beating the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Fiat Linea, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala, Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento.