Is the affinity for a diesel engine in cars that cost more than Rs. 10 lakh still intact? We think it is, as 45% of Hyundai Verna buyers last year chose the diesel option
Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz are two of best-selling cars in the C2-segment sedan space. When initially launched, Ciaz was offered with a diesel and a petrol engine, while the Verna was offered with 4 engine options in total. 2 of them were diesel, while the other 2 were petrol units. The diesel engine option of the Ciaz is now discontinued, while the Verna will continue to get one with the facelift. Also, if we compare the sales figures of these cars for last year, it is the Verna diesel, which clocked higher numbers on the chart. A big reason for this variation between the sales numbers of the two can be credited to the stonker of a diesel engine seen on the Verna (We are talking about the 1.6L unit here).
Maruti has now discontinued the diesel engine on the Ciaz.
The diesel engines on the Verna displaced 1.4L and 1.6L of air-fuel volume. The former of the two produced 89 BHP and 220 Nm as its rated output. The bigger 1.6L produced a peak power figure of 126 BHP and 260 Nm of max. torque. On the other hand, Ciaz had just one diesel engine on offer. It displaced 1500 cubic centimetres and produced 94 BHP and 225 Nm as its max. output. Also, the Verna’s 1.6L was offered with an automatic gearbox, while the Ciaz's came mated to a 6-speed manual transmission only.
The Verna also excels on the feature list. It offers buyers an option to opt for a sunroof, ventilated front seats, and a wireless charging pad as well. Talking about the numbers, Hyundai sold a total of 28,190 Verna in 2019 and 45% of those had a diesel engine. The Ciaz, however, clocked a sales figure of 29,706 units and only 21% of those were powered by a diesel engine. It should also be noted that the Ciaz had a better petrol power plant in comparison to the Verna. The Verna’s 1.6L unit is the powerful one here with 121 horses on the tap, while the Ciaz’s unit produces only 103 BHP. That said, the 1.5L petrol unit on the Ciaz is far more frugal than the 1.6L unit of the Verna.
The new Verna Facelift will get more features than the outgoing car.
That said, the Hyundai Verna is all set to get a mid-life update with 3 new engines – 1.5L N/A petrol, 1.0L turbo-petrol and 1.5L turbo-diesel. With the new petrol engines, the Verna will surely have an edge over the Ciaz, while the diesel-spec Verna will not have any competition from the Maruti sedan as the country's leading carmaker will not sell the Ciaz with a diesel engine in the BS-6 era. Do you think, Maruti should launch the BS-6 iteration of Ciaz diesel? Let us know.