New Hyundai Verna spied once again in India – Launch by August
2017 Hyundai Verna will be better equipped to rival the top 2 cars in the segment - Maruti Ciaz and Honda City.
New generation Hyundai Verna has been launched in China and will be launched in India by August 2017. With testing commenced, the car has been spied once again on Indian roads.
Speaking about styling updates, 2017 Hyundai Verna is more sporty and attractive than ever before. It gets a new grille design along with a new headlight cluster. Front and rear bumpers are also new, and so are the tail-lights.
Longer by 30 mm than the current variant, new Verna stands at 4,440 mm in length, which is equal to the new Honda City. The added length will result in extra legroom for the rear seat passengers. Interiors feature a revised dashboard layout, leather covered steering wheel, touch-screen infotainment system with navigation, reverse parking camera display, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Engine options for India will continue to be the same as the current Verna, two petrol options, and two diesel engine options. These will be in the form of 1.4 liter and 1.6-liter mills. The transmission will be in the form of 5 MT, 6 MT and automatic gearbox (6 AT). In addition to the regular petrol and diesel engine options, the new Verna will also be offered with mild hybrid system.
What is Mild Hybrid?
Maruti Suzuki India offers a mild-hybrid system in some of their cars (including Ciaz). This system is called SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). SHVS comes with integrated starter kit, auto start-stop tech and brake energy regeneration. This allows the car to deliver better mileage.
In spite of this being is a very mild hybrid system, it managed to get government subsidies under the FAME scheme, thus reducing on-road price significantly. It was also allowed to bypass the odd-even rule in Delhi. This helped Maruti boost sales of Ciaz to a great extent as compared to their rivals Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
New Verna will come with a similar mild hybrid tech which is seen on Maruti Ciaz. This will not only help new Verna rival Ciaz on an equal footing, it might also help Hyundai to regain their No 1 position in the segment.