Called the Solaris in Russia and the Accent in some other parts of the world, the Hyundai Verna sedan has just undergone a comprehensive, mid life facelift. Up front, the headlamps get a once over and so do elements such as the grille and the bumper. The fog lamps are new too, and so are the integrated LED daytime running lamps. The car also features LED based tail lamps with the rear bumper getting new reflectors and a black bumper insert. In a pinch, the facelifted 2015 Verna for Russia is a car that looks like a scaled down Sonata sedan, with its design inspired by Hyundai’s Fluidic 2.0 philosophy.
On the inside, the facelifted Verna retains the all-black cockpit for the Russian car market, unlike the beige heavy interiors that Hyundai offers for the Indian car market. Key mechanical changes on the facelifted 2015 Verna sold in the Russian car market are the 6 speed automatic and manual gearboxes for the 1.6 liter-4 cylinder petrol VTVT motor. Notably, this change could arrive into India, as and when Hyundai decides to launch the facelifted Verna in our part of the world. The additional gearbox ratios are expected to make the Verna Petrol more fuel efficient than before.
Since Hyundai doesn’t sell the Verna Diesel in Russia, details on whether the diesel engine gains the additional two cogs on its automatic variant remains unclear for now. In India, the Verna is available with two turbodiesel engines, in addition to the 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter petrol mills. The diesel motors of the car are the major sales spinners for the C-Segment sedan in the Indian car market. Therefore, expect some attention to be devoted to the Verna Diesel variants when Hyundai India gives the car a mid-life makeover. With the competition having hotted up, a major facelift for the Verna is not a matter of if, but one of when.