Hyundai released interesting teasers and details about the upcoming sixth generation Verna that would be sold in India. Comparing the petrol-powered sedan to its predecessor, the Accent in North America, the latter adds more upscale aesthetics and technology.
Although the Hyundai Accent was discontinued in North America last year, there is still a sizable market for affordable cars in places like India. Thus, to keep up with the fierce competition, Hyundai improved every component of the Verna.
The mysterious teasers depict a svelte sedan that borrows stylistic cues from more substantial cars and applies the "Sensuous Sportiness" design language. Split headlights with the distinctive full-width LED bar found on Hyundai cars are present up front, along with a grille resembling the Elantra. According to the windowline and the sharp lines on the tail and rear fenders, the latter was also the model for the profile. Modern LED taillights are added to the back end, and the word "Verna" is merged into the full-width cluster.
We don't yet have inside photos, but it will include an infotainment system with a big touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster, as well as additional niceties like heated front seats, a sunroof, automatic temperature control, and ADAS, which will be a first for the segment.
Hyundai stated that the previous generation's diesel Verna choices will no longer be offered, and that the new Verna will only be offered in gasoline form. A 1.5-liter MPi normally aspirated engine and a 1.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged engine, both of which are E20 fuel compatible, are part of the new engine lineup.
The power levels aren't specified by the manufacturer, however the normally aspirated engine is anticipated to generate 113 horsepower (83 kW/115 PS) and the turbocharged engine up to 158 horsepower (118 kW/160 PS). Both vehicles will be equipped as standard with a six-speed manual transmission that drives the front axle. Hyundai will optionally provide a seven-speed DCT automatic for the 1.5 T-GDi and an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) automatic for the 1.5 MPi.
Hyundai has already begun taking reservations for the new Verna in India; the vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in April or May 2023. The VW Virtus, which has recently undergone an upgrade, the Skoda Slavia, the Honda City, and the Suzuki Ciaz are competitors of the Hyundai Verna in the Indian market.