The country’s second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India on Wednesday launched an advanced version of its mid-sized sedan Verna, priced between Rs 6.56 lakh and Rs 9.22 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).
The new car, Verna Transform, will be available in two engine variants of 1.6 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel. The petrol engine puts out 101.7 bhp at 5500 rpm and 146 Nm of torque that peaks at 3000 rpm and finds way into the Verna Transform 1.6 VTVT and 1.6 SX VTVT. The diesel unit makes 108.5 bhp at 4000 rpm and 236 Nm between 1900 and 2750 rpm and is available in three variants - 1.5 CRDi VGT, 1.5 SX CRDi VGT & 1.5 SX VGT (AT).
Except for the 1.5 SX VGT (AT) which is coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission, both petrol and diesel variants of the Verna Transform are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The exteriors of the new car come with prominent changes like new headlamps offering better illumination, LED turn indicators on the wing mirrors, an all-new front bumper and a new grille.
Changes on the outside also include the cascade mesh air dam and round fog lamps surrounded by black inserts. The instrument cluster in the interiors has been redesigned with silver surround dials for the speedometer and tachometer.
“The Verna Transform is all set to boost Hyundai’s already superior line-up of products in India by raising the benchmark in the sedan segment,” Hyundai Motor India Managing Director and CEO H W park told reporters .
The base petrol Verna Transform remains at Rs 6.55 Lakh while the SX VTVT will go for Rs 7.5 Lakh - only Rs 20,000 higher than the older SX. The 1.5 CRDi is priced at Rs 7.87 Lakh and the SX variant will retail for Rs 8.38 Lakh with the manual transmission. The 1.5 SX VGT (AT) is tagged at Rs 9.21 Lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The company has sold 82,076 units of the old Verna, which was launched in September 2006.