Within a week of the new Hyundai Verna’s launch, Hyundai Motors India Limited (HMIL) has received 5000 bookings from its customers.
“It is a matter of great pride for us to have received such an encouraging response for our recently launched sedan – the new Fluidic Verna,” H. W. Park, MD & CEO, HMIL, said.
Park added that the Verna has many first-in-segment features and Hyundai customers have received the new Verna with unparalleled enthusiasm. Looking at the initial market response, the company can easily achieve its target to sell 45,000 Verna’s within the first year of its launch.
Hyundai launched the new Verna on May 11th with introductory prices ranging from Rs. 6.99 lakh – Rs. 1-10.74 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The car is available in ten trim levels and four engine options, the 1.4 litre petrol & diesel and the 1.6 litre petrol & diesel. Also read: 2011 Hyundai Verna launch
The new Verna, as G.H.Hyun, design manager, Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea, describes the car saying it has “dynamic movement with the smoothness of silk.” He added that Hyundai wanted to design a compact car with a dynamic, sporty image and have given the new Verna, a coupe-like sporty profile.
The fluidic Verna wears Hyundai’s new age signature grille as seen in the next-generation i10 and i20 models sold in India. The Verna’s side profile boasts of some beautiful contours that add a sporty characteristic to its looks. The rear of the new Verna has attractive tail lamps and chrome garnish on the smart boot lid. Also read: 2011 Hyundai Verna bookings open
The new Verna has many new features such as speed-sensitive auto-locking doors, push-button keyless ignition, electric folding mirrors, steering audio controls, Bluetooth phone connectivity with steering buttons, climate control with an ionizer to purify the air, six airbags, front & rear disc brakes, eco indicator for auto transmission, rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera. The seats offer good lumbar support and the rear seats can seat three comfortably.
Verna’s strength lies in the availability of different engine options addressing both ‘fuel-economy’ conscious buyers (1.4 litre petrol and diesel) as well as performance seekers (1.6 litre petrol and diesel). Both the engines are mated to a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.6 litre petrol VVT (Variable Valve Timing) engine churns out 123 PS of power at 6,300 rpm and 15.8 Kgm of torque at 4,200 rpm. While the 1.6 VGT diesel produces 128 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 26.5 Kgm of torque at 1,900-2,750 rpm.
The base variants of Verna are powered by 1.4 litre petrol and diesel engines. The 1.4-litre petrol engine puts out 107 PS of power at 6,300 rpm and 13.8 Kgm of torque at 5,000 rpm while the 1.4-litre diesel engine puts out 90 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 22.43 Kgm of torque at 1,750- 2,750 rpm.
Hyundai claims an ARAI-certified mileage of 23.5 km/litre for the 1.4-litre diesel and 22.32 km/litre for the 1.6-litre diesel engine and 17.43 km/litre for the 1.4-litre petrol Verna and 17 km/litre for the 1.6 petrol Verna.
Hyundai Verna has been pitted against the likes of Volkswagen’s Vento, the current segment leader (with regard to sales) and the Maruti Suzuki SX4. Other cars in the segment include the Honda City, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Optra and the yet-to-be launched new Ford Fiesta. With attractive looks, abundant features and competitive prices the Verna will surely stir cars sales in the C segment.