The new generation Verna has been undergoing extensive road testing by Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) for many months. Recent spy images have confirmed the test mule’s evolution as it appears to be in a very early stage near production. The brand-new Verna is anticipated to make its global premiere at the 2023 Auto Expo and is likelier to go on sale in March or April of that same year.
The new-generation Verna is one of the significant launches the South Korean car giant has planned for 2023. It will go through various changes both inside and exterior, and the features list will be packed with cutting-edge technologies. The Sensuous Sportiness design aesthetic is used in the midsize vehicle with the internal codename BN7.
Some distinctive stylistic modifications include the more pronounced front grille, new LED headlamps and full-width LED tail lamps, larger dimensions, more aggressive cuts and creases, a muscular bonnet structure, a larger trunk, newly designed alloy wheels, etc.
The segment-leading Honda City, VW Virtus, and Skoda Slavia will be its main rivals, and it is anticipated to cost between Rs. 10.5 lakh and Rs. 17.5 lacks (ex-showroom). The 1.5-litre four-cylinder CRDI diesel engine will not be present in the new Verna due to the impending stricter RDE pollution rules, which would impact performance.
The current 1.5-litre four-cylinder NA petrol engine will likely continue to put out 115 horsepower at its maximum and 144 Nm at its maximum torque. The 1.5-litre four-pot turbo unit from the worldwide stable could be used instead of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
It could produce approximately 160 horsepower and 253 Nm when mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engines that are available in the Virtus and Slavia models and produce 150 horsepower and 250 Nm will undoubtedly be directly competed against by the new powerplant for Hyundai.