Hyundai Motor India Ltd launched the 2020 Verna – refreshing the brand’s mid-size sedan offering. While the updated Verna largely retains the silhouette of the outgoing version, there are a host of styling tweaks that differentiate it from the latter and the revised equipment list makes it more appealing to a wider audience. The highlight of the new Verna is the addition of a 1.0-litre turbocharged GDi engine that’s mated to a seven-speed DCT gearbox
The mid-cycle update sees a larger grille on the front with new headlamps and a redesigned bumper. The tail-lamps are new too, along with the rear bumper and new-design alloy wheels. On the inside, you’d get faux wood treatment and updated upholstery – but overall the design remains identical to the outgoing version.
Thee updated engine options are all BS6-compliant and you could choose from two petrol or one diesel offering. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine puts out 113bhp and 144Nm of torque, and is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed CVT. The second petrol powerplant is the 1.0-litre turbocharged GDi that puts out 118bhp and 172Nm of torque. This engine comes exclusively paired with a 7-speed DCT gearbox as standard. The 1.5-litre diesel churns out 115hp and 250Nm of torque, and can be opted with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The updated equipment list includes a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, Arkamys audio system, full-digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, tyre pressure monitoring system, hands-free tailgate opening, paddle-shifters, wireless mobile phone charger and a sunroof. Hyundai is also hailing the updated Verna as India’s first fully connected sedan in its segment with Advanced Blue Link features.
Speaking at the launch of The Spirited New VERNA, Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said, “The Spirited New VERNA is an All-rounder sedan with Human Technology Connect comprising Futuristic Design, Smart Connect, Ingenious Detailing and Superior Dynamics for new age aspirational customers. The brand VERNA has been a landmark in Hyundai growth story winning many prestigious accolades worldwide. The Spirited New VERNA is mastered to deliver excellence including core areas of Styling, Performance, Technology and Safety to create a new benchmark in the sedan segment.”
Engine & Transmission (ARAI CERTIFIED)
|Engine||Maximum Power (PS @ rpm)*||Maximum Torque
(kgm @ rpm)*
Petrol BS 6
|115ps @ 6,300rpm||14.7kgm @ 4,500rpm||6 MT/IVT|
Diesel BS 6
|115ps @ 4,000rpm||25.5kgm @ 1500~2750rpm||6MT/AT|
|1.0 Litre Turbo GDI BS 6||120ps @ 6,000rpm||17.5kgm @ 1,500~4000rpm||7DCT|
Hyundai is also offering the Verna with its customizable WONDER Warranty Options – 3 Years/unlimited kms or 4 years/60 000kms or 5 years/50 000 kms. The car has been launched with introductory pricing of Rs 9.3 lakh onwards (ex-showroom, Delhi), and will compete against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento 1.0 TSI, upcoming Honda City and the Skoda Rapid 1.0.