The next generation Hyundai Verna is all set to launch in India on March 21. The South Korean manufacturer has released the first set of the new Verna, internally codenamed BN7i. Bookings open at Rs 25,000.
Up front, the next-gen Verna gets a split headlamp setup and full-width LED daytime running lamps. The grille also spans the entire width of the car and the inserts look like the Tucson’s grille.
In profile, the teasers of the next-generation Verna flaunt a classy notchback design. Expect lots of cuts and creases in the doors and fenders, similar to Hyundai models sold overseas. At the rear, the new Verna gets a full-width LED light bar and crystal-like inserts in the tail lamps.
Another big addition to the next-generation Verna will be the new 1.5-litre direct injection turbo-petrol, which will produce 160hp. This engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox.
The other engine that will power the Verna will be a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine. It will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or an IVT gearbox. Both engines will be RDE and E20 (20% ethanol blend) compliant.
The new Verna will be sold in EX, S, SX and SX (O) trims. We expect the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine to be available on the higher trims, with the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine used on the lower trims.
The new Verna is expected to be pricier than the outgoing models, especially with the introduction of the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. It will compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia and the upcoming facelifted Honda City, as well as the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, which recently underwent a minor facelift.