Hyundai revealed the facelifted Verna earlier this year in Russia. The South Korean automaker is now readying the facelifted Verna up for an Indian launch. Earlier this week, we reported that the Verna facelift was coming to India in the first quarter of 2015. In line with this timeline, the facelifted Verna has touched base for testing in India. The facelifted Verna has just been caught doing the testing rounds under heavy camouflage in the vicinity of the company’s Sriperumbudur manufacturing facility. In Russia, the facelifted Verna sells under the Solaris moniker and the car has already gone on sale in that part of the world.
This move from Hyundai comes after the Verna’s sales have taken a strong hit, what with the competition hotting up in the C-Segment sedan space. The Honda City in its 4th generation was responsible for taking away the Verna’s numero uno position in the C-segment sedan market here, and now the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has joined the party too. The Vento and Rapid are constantly gaining on equipment and the Verna’s sales are seeing a constant southward plummet as a result of all this.
The front of the facelifted Verna gets a comprehensive revamp to differentiate it from the current version. New headlamps with projectors, a revised grille and a reprofiled bumper are the changes up front. The fog lamps are new too, and they now come with integrated daytime running LEDs. The side profile remains similar though, with the new alloy wheel design being the only major change. As you reach the rear, you’ll notice that the tail lamps are now LED units and the reflectors get a new shape. The rear bumper has been tweaked slightly and gets a black bottom insert.
The interiors will remain largely unchanged on the Verna Facelift. In terms of engines and transmissions, 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter VTVT petrols, and the 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter CRDI diesel motors are expected to continue unchanged in the facelifted sedan. The 1.6 liter diesel motor could gain a 6-speed automatic gearbox from the Elantra instead of the current 4-speed automatic gearbox. In Russia, the 1.6 liter petrol engined Solaris (Verna Facelift) gains a 6 speed automatic gearbox and the same is likely to be carried over to the India-spec model. All these changes on the Verna could result in a price revision. The facelifted Verna sedan will hit the Indian roads in the first quarter of 2015.
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