Hyundai has officially released the first exterior image of the new Verna sedan ahead of its global debut in India on March 21, 2023. The latest generation model will bring it in synergy with the new breed of Hyundai cars.
According to the South Korean automaker, the new Verna gets the brand’s Sensuous Sportiness design language that is also seen on newer models like the Tucson, the latest-gen Elantra as well as the recently unveiled Hyundai Grandeur sedan.
The new Hyundai Verna (codename: BN7i) gets many unique styling elements that set it apart from its predecessor. It gets a split headlamp set-up up front and a full LED light bar that stretches from edge to edge, similar to what we see with the new Hyundai Staria, Stargazer, and upcoming Sonata facelift. The grille almost stretches the entire width of the car while the bumper edges have an arrowhead-like design with vertically positioned extensions that add to the car’s striking appeal.
The bonnet has a subtle crease on each side. The doors get striking character lines that blend neatly with the flared wheel arches at the rear, giving the car a muscular appearance. What really stands out in profile is the new fastback-like design for the rear quarter and a chrome trim underlining the glasshouse. Stylish diamond-cut alloy wheels fill the wheel arches well. However, it will likely be toned down on the production model.
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While the rear of the Verna has not been revealed yet, as evident from the side profile it is expected to get a full-width LED light bar and crystal-like inserts in the tail lamps, similar to what we see with the latest generation Elantra sedan.
The biggest addition to the next-gen Verna’s engine line-up will be the new 1.5L direct injection turbo-petrol, which will produce 160hp and will come paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. It will replace the existing 1.4L turbo-petrol unit that serves the duty in the current generation Verna.
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The other engine will be the 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol unit carried over from the outgoing Verna. This engine which is good for 115hp will be paired to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. Both the engines will be RDE and E20 (20% ethanol blend) compliant. However, to comply with the stringent RDE norms, there will be no diesel engine available with the next-gen Verna.
The new Hyundai Verna will rival the likes of Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, as well as the upcoming Honda City facelift.
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