South Korean car maker’s popular sedan, the Verna (known in the United States as the Accent), has been unveiled in its 2014 incarnation. This car, for the North American market, includes more equipment as standard, receives extra features and gets some slight design changes.
The car is driven by the Gamma engine - a 1.6 litre, 4 cylinder motor that delivers 138 bhp and returns a fuel economy of 11.5 kpl in the city and up to 16.2 kpl on the highways. Incidentally, this powerplant was chosen as one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines in 2012. The transmission options are a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic gearbox with Active Eco Assist and Hill-start Assist Control.
This vehicle comes in the US as both a hatchback and a sedan. The feature list includes projector headlamps with LED accents, blind spot mirror, voice recognition, one touch triple turn signals, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, sliding sun visors and, on the 5 door SE variant, a B&M Racing Sport gear shift knob.
Safety wise, the car gets 6 airbags – 2 front airbags, 2 seat mounted side airbags and 2 curtain airbags, active head restraints to help prevent whiplash, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA); and vehicle stability management (VSM).
The launch of the face-lifted Verna in the USA could well mean that Hyundai India could do the same sometime next year. Keep an eye out, people!