The new Hyundai Verna got launched today at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakh.
Hyundai has been building a lot of hype around the new Verna for a while. After numerous teaser images and videos, the Korean car maker finally launched the C-segment sedan today at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakh for the base petrol variant. The top-spec diesel carries a sticker price of Rs 12.61 lakh. All prices ex-showroom Delhi. Bookings for the new Verna commenced more than two weeks ago, 18 days to be precise, and in this time the car has already received more than 4,000 bookings.
From being among the most popular models in Hyundai’s product portfolio, Verna’s sales figures haven’t quite been impressive in the financial year ending March 2017. While some competitors were selling around 4000-5000 units in the class, Hyundai was struggling to sell the Verna in similar numbers. But Hyundai expects that to change with the launch of the new Verna.
This new Verna is not just a minor update – it not only sports an all new design but is also based on the company’s new K2 platform that is lighter and more spacious than its predecessor. Like all other new-generation Hyundai offerings, this one too comes with a large hexagonal grille up front with projector headlamps and Daytime Running Lamps. In profile, it looks somewhat similar to the outgoing Verna but at the back, its taillights are reminiscent of the new Elantra.
Engine options remain unchanged – which means you can choose from a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel motor producing 121bhp and 126bhp respectively. Gearbox options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Hyundai claims an efficiency of 17.7kmpl for the petrol motor and 24.75kmpl for the diesel.
While Hyundai launched the Verna in this class, Skoda brought in the Rapid Monte Carlo Edition.