The top spot in the mid-size sedan segment is among the most hotly contested positions in the Indian auto industry. Competition is fierce and all the players have updated their models periodically in an effort to attract the attention of buyers. The latest manufacturer to go for an update is Hyundai, which will launch a face-lifted version of its best-selling Verna sedan on February 16.
The updated Verna also sold as Solaris in some markets is expected to carry the same design from its overseas counterpart. This means that the new Verna will get a twin-slat chrome grille, redesigned front bumper, projector headlamps encased in a slightly elongated assembly and LED DRLs on the inverted fog lamps. New alloy wheel design will likely be seen on the side profile with the rear featuring restyled bumpers. The tail light pattern will be retained and LED DRLs being added to them is a possibility. On the inside, the addition of a touchscreen infotainment is highly likely.
Don’t expect any radical changes under the shell. The current crop of engines will be retained that is the 1.4 and 1.6 litre engines in both petrol and diesel guise. Transmission for the petrol variants is a 5-speed manual with the diesels being offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Rumour has it that, the automatics will be getting a 6-speed cog unit instead of the current 4-speed.
Pricing for the face-lifted Verna is not expected to vary much from today’s charge. Competition includes the newly-launched Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Fiat Linea, Skoda Rapid, Nissan Sunny and Volkswagen’s Vento.