Here’s A Close Look At The India-bound Facelifted Hyundai Verna Sedan

Besides premium looks, it comes with additional features to distinguish itself from rivals Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City


  • Majority of the styling updates on the facelifted model are at the front and back.
  • New features include semi-digital dials, a bigger infotainment system, and BlueLink connected-car tech.
  • Expected to come with Seltos’ BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.
  • The facelifted Verna is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020.

The Hyundai Verna has been a competent mid-size sedan known for its premium looks, upmarket interior, a lengthy features list, and powerful engines in India. While the Verna isn’t exactly old, we know Hyundai has been working on a facelift that has been spied in China. Now, Hyundai has officially revealed the car and before you ask us, the facelifted Verna is headed for India in 2020. This comes at a time when Honda has been working hard with the next-gen City, the Verna’s closest rival. Besides enhanced looks, the facelifted Verna is expected to pack BS6-compliant engines and added features. Let’s take a closer look at the Maruti Ciaz and Honda City rival.  

Most of the styling updates on the facelifted Verna are at the front and back. The fascia is dominated by a wider cascading grille that gets thicker chrome slats. These merge on to the large swept-back projector headlamps, below which are triangle-shaped air dams. On the side, changes are limited to restyled alloy wheels that seem to have taken some inspiration from the Tata Tiago. At the rear, the facelifted model comes with new tail lamps that have a red stripe that flows and connects the Hyundai logo. A redesigned tailgate and bumper top the look. 

Inside, the facelifted Verna comes with a dashboard that looks similar to the existing model. However, the analogue dials have been replaced by semi-digital dials that are similar to the upcoming Creta. The infotainment system is also a bigger floating unit and features BlueLink connected-car tech. Other highlights in the facelifted Verna include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, climate control, wireless phone charger, cruise control, multi-info display, as well as keyless entry with push-button start.  

Under the hood, the existing model’s 1.6-litre VTVT and CRDI engines could be replaced by the BS6-compliant 1.5-litre CRDI and VTVT units from the Kia Seltos. The 1.5-litre petrol develops 115PS and 144Nm while the diesel engine develops 115PS and 250Nm. These figures are lower when compared to the current model’s 1.6-litre petrol (123PS/151Nm) and 1.6-litre diesel (128PS/260Nm) engine options. Just like the Seltos, expect the petrol engine to come with a CVT while the diesel could be equipped with a 6-speed torque converter.

The facelifted Verna is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020 alongside the 2020 Hyundai Creta, which we’ve already had a close look at. Considering the extent of the upgrade, expect the sedan to be priced above the current model, which starts at Rs 8.18 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The facelifted Verna will rival the next-gen Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. 


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