New gen Verna was launched in India last year. Hyundai Verna fully loaded variants are only offered with manual transmission as of now. But, there has been a huge demand for fully loaded automatic options in both petrol as well as diesel engine options. Thanks to customer feedback, Hyundai will soon launch two new top end variants of Verna.
These will be in the form of petrol SX+ AT and diesel SX(O) AT. This means that the petrol Verna will now get an automatic option which will sit below the top of the line SX(O) which is priced at Rs 12.68 lakhs while the diesel Verna will get a new top end that will sit above the SX Plus AT which is priced at Rs 13.02 lakhs.
Speaking about the features, SX+ AT will get smart key with push button start, wireless charging, smart trunk. SX(O) AT will get Wireless charging and Telescopic steering. Engine options will continue to be same as before. Petrol SX+ AT is powered by a 1.6 liter engine which delivers 121 hp and 151 Nm. Diesel SX(O) is powered by a 1.6 liter engine that delivers 126 hp and 260 Nm.
Hyundai is reportedly working on replacing the engine line-up Verna by 2020, when the BS6 emission norms kick in. Hyundai is currently developing new 1.5 litre petrol and diesel motors to meet the emission norms which will come into effect from 1st April, 2020.
A new 1.5 litre diesel will replace the current 1.6 litre diesel motor. The newer engine is expected to come along with high level of refinement and shall deliver a good fuel economy as well. However, in terms of power, it seems to be a little toned down as the maximum power output has supposedly gone down from 128hp to 115hp and the torque figures have also seen a little reduction from 260Nm to 250Nm.
The current 1.6 petrol motor is also going to get replaced by a new 1.5 litre petrol unit which will most likely feature a 48V hybrid system (rival Maruti Ciaz SHVS). Power and torque figures of the new petrol engine remain unknown at the moment. Both, the upcoming 1.5 litre petrol and diesel motors are expected to make their debut in 2019 with the production version of the SP Concept from Kia Motors and later feature in the 2020 Verna.
In addition to the updated motors under the hood, the updated Verna will feature extensive changes to the sheet metal as well, making it as good as a new car. Interiors will also receive a new & updated look along with a next generation infotainment system which shall support advanced telematics.