Hyundai Motor India had released a few teaser images earlier this week, and now bookings for the vehicle have finally commenced in India.
The 2020 Hyundai Verna facelift has finally been revealed in India. Bookings have also commenced for a token amount of Rs. 25,000. As reported earlier, the sedan looks similar to the Russia-spec Hyundai Solaris. The same was also confirmed by the official teaser images released by the company prior.
As expected, the facelift model features a lot of cosmetic changes over the outgoing model. The reshaped headlamps are now sharper and sleeker, while the front grille is also different, with a new, sophisticated pattern. The air dam is underlined by a brushed-aluminium front lip, which adds a premium touch to the car. As for the side profile, it looks extremely similar to the pre-facelift model, although the design of the alloy wheels is new. At the rear, the taillamps have been redesign, but very subtly. Of course, the biggest upgrade in the facelift model will be on the inside, especially the 'Blue Link' smart car connectivity.
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Powering the new Verna facelift will be three different engine options. The first one is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit, capable of generating a maximum power and torque output of 115 PS and 145 Nm, respectively. The second option is a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel motor, borrowed from the Kia Seltos. While the engine makes 115 PS and 250 Nm in the Kia SUV, we expect Hyundai to detune the engine for the Verna. A 5-speed manual will be the available as standard in both the mills, while a CVT or a torque converter automatic will be available as an option.
We also expect another engine option to be available on the Verna. This could either be a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol or a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motor. The former will be borrowed from the Hyundai Venue, and will offer 120 PS of max power and 173 Nm of peak torque, while the latter (from Seltos) is good for 140 PS and 242 Nm. There will be two transmission options here, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
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The launch of the Hyundai Verna facelift is expected to happen soon after the launch of the next-gen Creta. The sedan will go up against rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid, VW Vento, and the upcoming next-gen Honda City. The prices are expected to increase a little over the outgoing model, which retails for Rs 8.18 lakh to Rs. 14.08 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).