Hyundai’s design department has been keeping very busy for the last few years, coming up with fresh design philosophies and dishing out regular styling updates to its global models at regular intervals. Unlike many brands who execute a minor nip here and a tuck there and call it a mid-life facelift, the South Korean auto giant usually makes comprehensive revisions.
Launched in 2017, the Hyundai Verna is due for a mid-life facelift in the coming months and thanks to the latest spyshots from China, we now how what exactly to expect. As expected, Hyundai didn’t shy away from making sheet metal changes on the front fascia.
The new Verna looks spiced up with its large and edgy quadrilateral grille, elongated headlamps with new detailing, and a razor sharp chin. The new car’s boldness is in sharp contrast with the current model’s mellow and understated appearance.
The rear fascia too is just as drastic with revised taillights that are now connected with each other. The boot is reprofiled, the fenders house reflectors and the bumper is all-new (complete with wide diffuser). Overall, the 2020 Hyundai Verna facelift looks a lot more aggressive than the model it replaces. It would be interesting to see how the Indian audience react to the new design. It is possible that the India-spec facelift could be slightly different than its Chinese counterpart.
We expect the interiors too undergo evolutionary changes. It is reasonable to expect additional equipment, improved connectivity and updated infotainment system.
The Hyundai Verna facelift for India will come with BS-VI versions of the existing set of powertrains. The Indian Verna is powered by 1.4-liter petrol, 1.6-liter petrol and 1.6-liter diesel engines. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard across the range and the 1.6-liter units can also be opted with 6-speed AT.
The battle for the C segment sedan crown is a closely fought one between the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. A comprehensive facelift would certainly give the Verna an edge over its rivals. We expect the updated Verna to be showcased in India at the Auto Expo early next year with sales commencing before 1st of April, 2020.