Hyundai Motor India Ltd. Revealed (HMIL) recently revealed some official renderings of the new generation Verna, confirming that the launch will start on March 21. The company also started accepting bookings for the updated sedan ahead of its debut. However, we already know that the 2023 Hyundai Verna will retain its rivalry with Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Virtus and Honda City, which will also be updated next month.
Ahead of its highly anticipated launch, here are the top 5 reasons we think the upcoming new Hyundai Verna could become the top-selling mid-size sedan -
Although the production version of the next-gen Hyundai Verna is yet to break cover, the renders give us a great idea of what the updated sedan will look like in person. The design will be based on Hyundai's latest sporty design language, giving it a split-headlamp setup at the front, with a large radiator grille dominating the face. A full-width LED DRL strip will divide the bonnet and front bumper, while the Hyundai logo will be placed on the former.
Moving to the sides, the new Verna has strong character lines, especially at the rear doors. The sedan has a raked roofline, flaunts premium-looking aluminum-alloy wheels, and has sharp LED taillights. While the rear design has yet to be revealed, we expect the taillights to be joined by an LED strip that runs the width of the boot-lid. Also, the new generation Verna is likely to be larger than its predecessor.
Most powerful engine in segment
The new Verna will be offered with two petrol engine options, including the current 1.5-litre NA petrol motor producing 115hp and 144Nm, as well as a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol which will likely produce 160 PS of maximum power and 253 Nm of peak torque. The new turbocharged petrol engine will replace the 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit (120 PS / 172 Nm) currently available with the sedan. Unlike the current generation model, no diesel engine will be offered with the sedan.
This will make it the most powerful sedan in its class. However, the new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is likely to carry over to the Creta, Kia Seltos and Carens as well. Transmission options will include a 6-speed MT engine, as well as an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Extensive feature list
Hyundai vehicles are known to be some of the richest in their class, and the new generation Verna will be no different. No details are out yet, but we expect it to feature a large touchscreen infotainment system, perhaps the largest in its class, connected car technology, digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, power moonroof, adjustable driver's seat electrically, 360-degree camera, up to 6 airbags, and much more.
The 2023 Hyundai Verna is expected to come equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and more. For now, the Honda City (e:HEV) is the only midsize sedan in the segment to be offered with ADAS technology, but it will soon be joined by the new Verna.
There is no denying the fact that the new generation Verna will enjoy brand value for Hyundai as well as its successors. Hyundai Verna has been a successful name in the Indian market, outperforming other best-selling sedans in its class. With sedans slowly regaining traction in the region of Rs 10-20 lakh, we think the Verna will have what it takes to be the best-selling car in its class.
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