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Hyundai Verna gets segment-first wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Hyundai has updated its Verna sedan with new features. The facelifted Hyundai Verna, which was launched in the Indian market last year has now become the first car in the segment to get wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While this is not the industry-first feature, the Verna is the only car to get it in the segment. The Verna competes with the likes of Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

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Two trims of the Verna now offer the updated infotainment system with a better connectivity feature. Only the S+ and the SX trim are available with the new feature. The S+ is priced between Rs 10.98 lakh and 13.36 lakh, ex-showroom, while the SX is priced between Rs 10.98 lakh and Rs 13.36 lakh in the Indian market.

Hyundai updated the Verna line-up earlier by discontinuing the 1.5-litre petrol engine with the S trim. This engine is only available with the higher S+ trim, which has received the update. While the Verna was already loaded with features, the new connectivity feature makes it even more feature-loaded.

There are no changes in the car otherwise. It gets the same 8.0-inch AVN unit with an HD display that also offers a BlueLink system with the top-end SX(O). All the other variants of the Verna already offer a factory-fitted infotainment system except for the base E variant. It should be noted that the top-end SX(O) still does not offer the wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It still requires a wired connection to the phone for using the same features.

Hyundai had already introduced the wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with the mid-level i20 Sportz trim.

A new variant

Hyundai has introduced the Verna S+ variant with the update. Earlier the trim was only available with the 1.5-litre diesel engine option. Now it is also available with the 1.5-litre petrol engine option. It produces a maximum power of 115 PS. Hyundai has discontinued the S petrol trim now. The only major difference between the two variants is the wheel size. The S+ gets a 16-inch wheel while the S trim gets the smaller 15-inch wheels.

Hyundai also offers the 1.5-litre diesel engine option with the Verna. It produces a maximum power of 115 PS. The diesel engine is available with a six-speed manual as well as a six-speed torque converter. The petrol engine gets a six-speed manual and a CVT transmission option. There is even a more powerful 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine option that produces a maximum of 120 PS. It is only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

There are no changes in the features list too. The top-end variant of the Hyundai Verna offers Arkamys Sound system, cooled glovebox, dual-tone wheels, projector headlamps, wireless phone charger, electrically-powered sunroof, rearview camera, auto-dimming rear view mirror, automatic headlamps, and more.