Going by how Hyundai has always done well in the looks department of the verna, this has to be one of the most uninspiring launches. But then again the car does have some character and host of features. Hyundai just released the face lifted version of their popular Verna sedan. Despite going ahead with booking, Hyundai had postponed the launch due to China virus situation.
The Verna gets a new front that looks almost aftermarket (sorry Hyundai but that’s how it looks) and takes away a lot from the design. The car looks disproportionate not only on the face but the new face does not match either the silhouette or the rear. Even the front quarter fails to make a statement. What are we just trying to project here Hyundai? The rear remains the same without any major changes. And yes, the car does get new diamond cut alloys (optional) along with new LED lamps.
Despite a dud face, Hyundai checks in the boxes as far as the features go. New touchscreen, wireless phone charger, Hyundai BlueLink technology and a continued tradition of black-beige dual tone dash scheme.
A BS6 1.0 turbo GDI petrol engine or a 1.5Petrol can be opted for as far as petrol motors go. For diesel lovers, there’s a 1.5L mill.The 1.5L CRDi unit pushes 115 BHP at a 4000 RMP while pushing 25o nm Torque. Petrol 1.0 turbo KAPPA (yes that famous kappa) does 120 BHP with 171 NM and the 1.5L petrol does 115 BHP with 145NM.
We will have to see how it cuts with the competition. Maruti Ciaz, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid and Honda city are it’s direct competitors. Now that the nation is calling for being “vocal for local” slogan, let us see if it makes and impact on buying habits of India’s car buyer. But the Indian car buyer has so far remained ignorant of nationalistic sentiments, even buying Chinese cars like MG, despite various quality issues and it being a bland, copycat design.