Hyundai has launched its all-new Verna in India at an introductory price of Rs.7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The top-spec diesel-automatic is priced at Rs.12.61 lakh. At launch, the new Verna will be available with the existing 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines and in four variants. The 1.6-litre petrol engine that creates 123-hp and 151Nm of torque and the 1.6-litre diesel producing 128hp and 260Nm of torque are now coupled to 6-speed manual gear transmissions with an optional 6-speed auto on offer. Hyundai claims improved fuel efficiency figures for all engine and transmission options. The 1.4-litre diesel mill may join the line-up at a later date. The new Verna is underpinned by the Korean builder’s K2 platform that is more rigid than the previous-generation model’s platform. Better NVH levels, crash worthiness and whole stiffness are the claimed improvements over the last-gen model. The new mid-size sedan also gets a retuned suspension and steering setup that is meant to significantly improve the handling and ride quality compared to the previous car.
The all-new Verna is 65mm longer, 29mm wider and has a wheelbase that is 30mm longer than the previous-gen model. It is now 4,440mm long, 1,729mm wide, 1,475mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,600mm. The rear headroom has also increased to 948mm while the boot space and fuel tank capacity are up 480 litres and 45 litres, respectively. In terms of goodies and tech, the Verna is now on-par with its rivals but also offers a segment-first, cooled and ventilated front seats. The fifth-gen Verna rivals likes of the Honda City (Rs.8.46 lakh to Rs.13.43 lakh), Maruti Ciaz (Rs.7.66 lakh to Rs.11.44 lakh), Skoda Rapid Rs.8.20 lakh to Rs.13.06 lakh) and Volkswagen Vento (Rs.8.05 lakh to Rs.13.78 lakh) in the Indian market. (All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price point, the New Verna undercuts the Vento, Rapid and City by a decent margin, though is more expensive than the Ciaz.