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Updates for the Verna will include fresh styling and BS6-compliant engines as well as a refreshed interior
Hyundai recently refreshed the Elantra with a sharper front end, treading away from the fluidic design language of before. Now it’s the Verna’s turn. For starters, there’s a sharper front end. However the side profile and rear seem largely unchanged. There will be a set of new BS6-compliant engines powering the new Verna, mated to a manual transmission or a choice between three automatics!
The front end of the facelifted Verna gets the major update, the grille is larger than before and features hexagonal elements as opposed to the horizontal slats from before. The headlights are elongated toward the top and feature what look to be LED elements, the housing ends sharply and neatly fits in with the grille. The side profile is fairly similar to that of the outgoing one with a strong shoulder line running till the taillights. From the revealed images, you do get a peek at the new set of diamond-cut alloys that will feature on the facelift.
The rear of the car is very similar to the outgoing Verna, and features an almost identical taillight housing, albeit with more conventional LED elements. The rear bumper also seems to be slightly reworked and there is a chrome strip running along the bottom to give the new Verna a more premium look. Hyundai has not shared any pictures of the interior, however we do expect it to get an update, to match or better the equipment list seen on the Venue. Expect Hyundai to give the updated Verna the full suite of connected car features via the Bluelink software.
The facelifted Verna will get a set of BS6-compliant engines, chief among which will be a 1-litre turbocharged petrol unit, the same one as the Venue and Aura, but there is no information as to what state of tune the engine will be in, in this application. The new Verna will get a range of automatic transmissions to choose from — a CVT, a six-speed torque converter and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. There will surely be a manual as well as standard petrol and diesel engines to choose from.
The outgoing Verna started at Rs 8.17 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and we expect the BS6 updates to result in a small price hike in the ballpark of Rs 1-1.5 lakh which will put the starting price around Rs 9-9.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Verna resides in a very competitive space populated with the likes of the Honda City that will get an update this month, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, and the Toyota Yaris.