When Hyundai entered India, they were known for their quirkily designed but capable and reliable cars. Things have changed for better, and these days Hyundai produces some of the best-looking cars in the country. All the cars in their lineup are regularly updated, and Hyundai recently unveiled the updated version of their popular sedan, Verna in the 2016 Chengdu Motor Show.
The new Verna has been styled to have a theme, similar to the recently launched Hyundai Elantra. The Verna’s design is based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture version 2.0 design language; the new design has a fine blend of fluidic design along with sharp lines and creases. The front end is dominated by the new and large Hyundai’s signature grill, sharp and restyled bumpers and large and sharp headlamps with DRL strips.
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The fluidic theme seamlessly continues onto the side profile - the new Verna has a coupe-like roofline, similar to the existing model and the registration plates at the rear have been shifted to the bumper. The flanking rear lamps are similar to the ones spotted on the Elantra.
The new Verna has a 30mm longer wheelbase, which translates into better front and rear. The similarity to the Elantra continues into the dashboard design as well; the interiors are finished in an all-black colour scheme with a decent dose of brushed steel and piano plastic. The central console is dominated by the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity capabilities.
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The present petrol and diesel engines will continue to power the Verna - The diesel 1.6-Litre U2 CRDi VGT unit generates 126 hp and 260 Nm torque; the 1.4-Litre VTVT petrol engine generates 107 hp and 135 Nm torque. The car will have a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto box to choose from.
The updated Verna will undoubtedly rekindle an interest in the car buying public, similar to the stir created by the new Hyundai Elantra. With the new Verna, Hyundai will be eying the top spot in the sedan segment in India.