What you see here is Hyundai’s all-new mid-size sedan that will soon launch in China. To be launched as the Celesta, this new offering will slot in between the Verna and the Elantra and make its debut in April next year at the Beijing Auto Show.
Hyundai currently has a wide variety of sedans for the Chinese market. Dimension wise, the Celesta sits midway between the Verna and the Elantra, measuring 4.5m in length and with a wheelbase of 2.65m. Underneath too, Hyundai will plonk its existing 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with around 120bhp and 155Nm of torque. This is the same engine that’s also available in the Verna and the Elantra.
The Celesta will be made in China by the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture. Now although its front and rear looks different and all new, its side profile and some design elements like the bonnet line and the headlights are familiar affair. Nevertheless, it will only add to the choices of sedans under Hyundai’s Chinese stable.