Hyundai India will launch the facelifted Verna C-Segment sedan shortly. Uncamouflaged test mules of the Verna Facelift, which indicate that the launch is due soon, have been spotted in India. The facelifted Verna that India will receive will be stylistically similar to the Russia-spec model, which is dubbed the Solaris. The Verna Facelift will feature a revised front end with a new grille, bumper and headlamps with projectors. The rear will receive LED tail lamps and reshaped reflectors on the bumper. The interiors of the car are expected to be largely unchanged although additional creature comforts and features may be a part of the India equation.
In Russia, the facelifted Verna gains a new six speed automatic gearbox on the 1.6 liter petrol engine powered variants. The India-spec model might see the 4 speed automatic gearbox of the petrol powered Verna 1.6 being replaced by the 6 speed automatic transmission. Hyundai’s 1.4 liter petrol and turbo diesel engined Verna sold in India are likely to retain their current engine options, along with 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions. The diesel powered Verna Automatic however, could take a leaf out of the Elantra’s book and go six speed. Doing so will make the Verna Diesel Automatic compete on even keel with new diesel automatic sedans in the C-Segment space such as the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid Diesel DSG cars.
The facelifted Verna is expected to be sold at current price levels, as the competition such as the Honda City and the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, offers more space and significantly larger exterior dimensions than the Verna. Jacking up the price of the Verna merely for a mild refresh might not go well with the car buyer, who now have a bevy of new offerings in the C-Segment sedan space. Therefore, expect the facelifted Hyundai Verna to come in at current price levels in order to generate new interest in the car. With the advent of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Hyundai Verna has now dropped another place, to the third position in its segment.
Spyshots courtesy Team-BHP