2011 Hyundai Verna launched: Potential Honda City-killer!

Hyundai India has launched the new Verna today at New Delhi with prices ranging from Rs. 6.99 lakh to Rs. 10.74 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).On-road prices would be higher by around Rs 70,000 -1.3 lakh.

The prices are introductory and hence, would go up in a while. If you are seriously considering the Verna, hurry!

The new 2011 Hyundai Verna will be available in 10 trim levels and 6 colors. The company plans to sell around 45,000 Verna during the first year of the launch.

2011 Hyundai Verna Price and Variant ARAI Fuel efficiency / mileage (Manual Transmission variants) Engine Power Torque
1.4 petrol Rs.6.99 lakh 17.43 km/litre 1.4 litre petrol 106 bhp 135 Nm
1.4 diesel Rs. 8.09 lakh 23.5 km/litre 1.4 litre diesel 90 bhp 224 Nm
1.6 petrol Rs. 7.64 lakh for mid variant, Rs. 8.24 lakh for SX, Rs. 8.94 lakh for SX (O) and Rs. 9.64 lakh for SX (O) AT 17.01 km/litre 1.6 litre petrol 122 bhp 156 Nm
1.6 diesel Rs.8.74 lakh for mid variant– Rs. 9.34 lakh for SX, Rs. 10.04 lakh for SX (O) and Rs. 10.74 lakh for SX (O) AT 22.32 km/litre 1.6 litre diesel 126 bhp 259 Nm

DwsAuto had reported last month that bookings for the new Verna have already been accepted by some of the Hyundai dealers in the country for a booking amount of Rs.1 lakh.

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Pic: Hyundai Verna launch event

The 1.6 litre petrol and diesel variants ofer 122 bhp and 126 bhp respectively – both higher than the 118 bhp offered by the Honda City, and clearly more than what the Volkswagen Vento’s (105 PS).

The 2011 Hyundai Verna is clearly the most powerful car in its segment (in both petrol and diesel variants).

The new Verna adopts Hyundai’s fluidic exterior design as seen in the new i10 and i20 models sold in India. The wide-open, hexagonally shaped large air dam at the front and smooth curves on the side profiles, give the new Verna a far better look than its previous models. The rear too, gets large tail lamp assembly swept sideways making a style statement. The interiors of the new Verna has new features like push start/stop button, automatic climate control, audio controls on the steering wheel, airbags and ABS.

The new Verna will lock horns with Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the new Ford Fiesta. While Volkswagen Vento and Maruti SX4 are leading in the sales charts pushing aside the long-time segment leader Honda City, the new Verna with its attractive exteriors, wide trim levels, fuel efficient engines and aggressive price range will most likely reshuffle the C segment sales charts in the coming months.

2011 Hyundai Verna background and pre-launch information follows

So the new Hyundai Verna launch is almost here, and we have updated this story with even more information than before. The new Verna is a quantum leap from the dowdy Verna and the Verna Transform we have here in India. Just one doubt: Doesn’t it look a bit too much like the 2011 Ford Fiesta?

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Photo: Hyundai Verna RB

First of, here are links to other stories about the 2011 Hyundai Verna for India. We are pretty sure that unlike the current Verna, this one has a good chance of taking the battle to the Volkswagen Vento and the Honda City, and beating them too!

Check out the links below:

2011 Hyundai Verna RB launch: Now we are pretty certain that the launch will take place on April 14th. We were not all that sure earlier. And from what we hear, there are going to be four engine options available on Day One, one of which will be more powerful than the Honda City. The City offers 118 bhp, while the new Verna will offer even more. Here are the details of the engine options of the new Verna. (We strongly suggest you read it if you are interested in the new Verna.) There are two petrols and two diesel engines on offer. The entire range – base variant to top-end – will be available between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. Also read about the 2011 Ford Fiesta which will pose a serious challenge to the Verna.

The World Cup winning Indian ODI team will get a new Verna each before any of us!

Original article about the Verna follows below.

The next-generation Hyundai Verna (RB sedan/Elantra) is set to launch sooner than we expected. Autocar India has spotted the 2011 Verna at the Korean company’s Chennai factory. Based on the spy pictures, it is evident that Hyundai will use the same ‘Verna’ badge for this next-generation car.

Styling

Just last week, we reported that the 2011 Hyundai Verna was spotted on the Chennai-Bangalore highway. The 2011 Verna has the familiar ‘fluidic design,’ the new signature of Hyundai’s global design language. However, the Verna to be sold in the Indian market and the model that is already on sale in the U.S. market has some differences, especially at the front.

On the inside, the new Verna will have a dual tone and plush seats. Some of the features expected in the new model include push start/stop button, electronic folding side mirrors, automatic climate control, parking sensors, audio control on the steering wheel. On the safety front, the new Verna will feature dual airbags (for the driver and front passenger).

So there you have a powerful diesel offering 126 bhp, and a powerful petrol with 122 bhp. Those who love powerful sedans are going to be quite thrilled indeed.

Competition

The 2011 Hyundai Verna is expected to be priced at Rs. 6.50 lakh for the base petrol variant to as high as Rs. 9.5 lakh for the top-end diesel variant. At these prices, it will compete with the upcoming Maruti SX4 diesel, and the Honda City, Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Optra and Fiat Linea.

So far, Hyundai has been selling around 2,000 units of the Verna per month on an average. Meanwhile, segment leader Honda City is selling around 3,200 units despite the car not being offered with a diesel motor. Interestingly, the recently launched Volkswagen Vento is notching up good sales numbers. The Vento has pushed both Maruti SX4 and Hyundai Verna to lower spots to rise to No.2 in the Rs. 7-10 lakh sedan segment.

The current Verna dubbed ‘Verna Transform’ lacks airbags, a big drawback in terms of safety. The recent face-lift has also left it with a ‘quirky’ design.

The 2011 Verna looks a lot more promising with its striking fluidic design and up-market interior. Expect another price war to break out, if Hyundai manages to price the new Verna correctly.

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