The new generation Hyundai Verna is a much-awaited model aiming to reclaim its once dominant position. With the official teaser out, the new Verna will be a major leap over the current model and those waiting for it now have a date to look forward to. Hyundai dealers have confirmed to Carandbike that the new Verna will be launched on 22nd August 2017 across the country. Bookings are already open at select dealerships for a token amount of ₹ 25,000.
We contacted Hyundai India to confirm that news and the company say that the launch date is tentative but will happen in the last days of August. However, dealerships in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi have confirmed the development. Deliveries, on the other hand, will commence almost immediately after launch, while certain outlets will start in the first week of September.
One of the first models to gain the Fluidic Sculpture styling, the current generation pre-facelift Hyundai Verna was one of the first success stories in the past decade for the automaker before the likes of the Grand i10, Creta, new gen i20 and the others came around. The C-segment sedan performed phenomenally when the diesel boom happened and managed to beat the segment's bestselling Honda City without breaking a sweat. However, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the fourth generation City rule the segment currently and the dated Verna is doing meagre volumes.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna will be a major upgrade over the outgoing model. It takes inspiration from the new-generation Hyundai Elantra and follows Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. The car has been revealed internationally and will be sporting as large single-frame grille up front, sharp looking headlamp cluster with LED DRLs and projector headlamps, while the LED tail lights are reminiscent of what the i20. The styling is a lot more angular as well on the model and the car has grown in dimensions - 15 mm in length and 29 mm in width, while the wheelbase is now longer by 10 mm. Expect improved rear legroom and around 16 litres of additional boot space.
Inside, the Hyundai Verna's cabin also takes inspiration from the bigger Hyundais and will get a host premium features. Expect to see a 7-inch touchscreen system on the higher variants that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with dual airbags and ABS as standard across most trims.
With respect to the engines, the new generation Hyundai Verna is expected to carry the same 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel units from the current model. Power output might see a slight difference, while the fuel efficiency levels are certain to see a hike. Hyundai will continue to offer the automatic transmission option on both the engines, especially with the popularity for auto units picking up.
More details on the 2017 Hyundai Verna will arrive in the following days. Make sure to keep watching this space for all the updates.