Hyundai Motors is planning to launch the new Verna facelift in India soon. The premium sedan will be powered by new engines as compared to the outgoing model.
Hyundai Motors India is expected to launch a host of new vehicles in India, namely the next-gen i20, Creta, as well as the new Verna facelift. IndianAuto has already covered the first two vehicles extensively, as there is a host of information available for the two from official sources as well as media reports. As for the Verna, there have been new reports about the powerplants that will be offered under its hood.
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Hyundai is planning to share platforms and engines with its sister company, Kia. As such, the same powertrains as the Kia Seltos will be featured in a lot of Hyundai cars as well, especially the 1.5-litre BSVI-compliant diesel motor. The recently-launched BS6-compliant Venue also sports that engine, but in a lower state of tune, primarily to keep manufacturing costs in check. The upcoming next-gen i20 will also sport the engine. Now, it seems the 2020 Hyundai Verna will also have the same diesel motor inside.
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The engine in question is available in two states of tune. First up, we have the VGT version, which uses a variable geometry turbocharger to belt out 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The second one is a fixed-geometry turbocharged version, which is expected to generate 100 PS and 220 Nm. It is not yet confirmed which engine will be offered in the new Verna, considering the increased manufacturing cost of BS6 diesel mills compared to BS4 ones, it makes sense for the manufacturer to share as many components as possible, thus keeping RnD as well as manufacturing costs down.
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The petrol engine option for the new Verna is still under wraps. Hyundai might be planning to give multiple choices to its customers here. There are plenty of BS6-compliant petrol motors in the joint arsenal of Hyundai and Kia. There is a turbocharged 1.0-litre, a naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre, a turbocharged 1.4-litre, and a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine. Out of these four, the first two options aren’t very likely, thus making the latter two more likely.
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The current Hyundai Verna is priced between Rs. 9.35 lakhs and Rs. 16.85 lakh. The facelift version will experience a price hike of up to Rs. 10,000. Upon launch, the car will compete against Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Skoda Rapid, VW Polo, and Toyota Yaris.