The all-new Honda City will make its India debut in the middle of March and its longtime arch rival – the Hyundai Verna – will get a mid life facelift on the 26th of March, 2020. The facelifted Hyundai Verna will get a style revamp and become BS6 emission norms compliant, days before the norms come into force in India from the 1st of April, 2020. The C-Segment sedan is likely to get three new engines, two in petrol and one in diesel.
For the first time ever, the India-spec Verna will get a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox, making it a segment leader given the fact that Volkswagen Vento’s 7 speed DSG will soon be replaced by a 6 speed torque converter automatic unit. In terms of pricing, the facelifted Hyundai Verna is likely to be marginally pricier than the outgoing model. Expect prices to start from close to the Rs. 8 lakh mark.
The facelifted Verna will share two engines – the 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol and the 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel – with the upcoming Creta. Both 4 cylinder units, the petrol will make 113 Bhp-144 Nm while the diesel will pump out about 115 Bhp-250 Nm. Clearly, the diesel will remain the enthusiast choice on the facelifted Verna as well. 6 speed manual gearboxes will be standard while the diesel is expected to get a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox option.
Another engine on offer could be the 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol, borrowed from the Venue compact SUV. This motor is expected to make 118 Bhp-172 Nm, and will be offered with a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. It remains to be seen if Hyundai offers a 5 speed manual gearbox with the turbo petrol engine.
Talking of stylistic changes, the facelifted Verna will get totally refreshed styling both at the front and rear. The front end styling will reflect Hyundai’s latest design language, and will closely resemble the styling that the bigger Elantra features. At the rear, revised tail lamps and bumpers will give the car a fresher appearance. The profile will remain unchanged though, given the fact that this is a mid life makeover for the car.
While the interior design of the facelifted Verna is expected to be similar to the outgoing model, additional features are expected to make an appearance. Colour schemes could also change on the inside to make the car feel fresher, and a touch more premium. Exact details will be revealed shortly. We expect Hyundai dealers to start pre-bookings for the new car in the coming weeks.