After the arrival of all-new cars like Skoda Slavia and Volkswagen Virtus and the fifth-generation Honda City leading the segment, the Hyundai Verna has started feeling the heat of the increased competition. An all-new fourth-generation Hyundai Verna is already taking shape in South Korea, and needless to say, it will arrive soon in India as well.
While the new Verna was spotted in South Korea by AutoSpy, the test mule was completely camouflaged in dark-coloured covers. However, some visible design cues will make their way into the India-spec version of the fourth-generation Verna as well. The new Verna will be the next significant model from Hyundai to receive the brand’s latest ‘sensuous sportiness’ design language. As a part of this design update, the new Verna will look much sharper with a new ‘parametric’ front grille with angular edges and double-layered all-LED headlamps.
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Other design highlights visible from the test mule spotted are a longer wheelbase and length, fastback-like styling with a slightly rounded roofline and clear-lens design for the LED tail lamps adjoined with a reflective strip. While it is not visible, the new Verna will also get sharper creases on the door panels, much like the globally-updated Hyundai Elantra. No details are available about the interior as of now.
Will be powered by the same engines
Under the hood, the new Hyundai Verna will retain the current engine lineup, in all likelihood. It means that the new Verna will be offered with two engine options – a 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine (115 PS of power and 144 Nm of torque), a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine (115 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque). Given that the bars have been raised by Skoda Slavia and Volkswagen Virtus, the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol might be replaced with a bigger 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 140 PS of power and 242 Nm of torque in the currently-available Hyundai Creta.
While the Verna was updated only in 2020 with a slew of minute cosmetic updates, a few new features and all-new engine options, it is now trailing in the race among the completely revived category of premium compact sedans. This new update is what the Hyundai Verna direly needs to revive its game. This new version of the Hyundai Verna will be globally unveiled by the end of 2022, and soon after that, it might make its way to India sometime in 2023. The new Verna will compete with the freshly updated competition comprising models like Honda City, Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia.