With the upcoming stricter norms for real driving emissions, most of the automakers are planning to phase out diesel engines from the Indian market. Honda has already decided to discontinue the 1.5-litre diesel engine that powers the City and Amaze sedans. On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki, Renault-Nissan and Volkswagen Group have already withdrawn their diesel engines from our market.
On the other hand, Hyundai has decided to go ahead with the diesel engine variant from the Indian market. We had earlier reported that Hyundai will stop making the i20 diesel from 2023. Most of the i20’s sales come from petrol engine options and diesel makes up less than 10 per cent. Hyundai is upgrading the 1.5-litre diesel engine to meet the real-world emission norms.
This engine will continue to power the Venue, Creta, Verna and Alcazar. The Venue will get the 100PS 1.5-litre diesel engine, while the new Verna, Creta and Alcazar will continue to get the 115PS Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) engine. The Venue’s 1.5-litre diesel comes with a fixed geometry turbo. Apart from the diesel engine, the new Verna is likely to be offered with 1.4L turbo petrol and 1.5L NA petrol engines.
The spy shots confirm that the new generation Hyundai Verna will grow, which will be reflected in the increased space inside the cabin. The bigger size and spacious cabin will help the new Verna compete with the likes of Honda City, Skoda Slavia and VW Virtus. The new Verna’s larger dimensions, higher-end features and more powerful engines eliminate the need for a standalone executive sedan in our market.
Internally called Project BN7, the new Verna will share styling cues from the next-gen Elantra sedan. The sedan will be designed based on Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language, which we have already seen on the new Elantra and Tucson. It will get a new grille with parametric pattern and wider integration of turn signals. The new cascading front grille comes with an integrated full-LED headlamp and an aggressive bumper.
The spy shots reveal that the new Verna will feature fastback-like styling with a tapered roof. The rear profile is likely to feature a high-tech “H-tail lamp” that forms the shape of Hyundai’s flying H logo, a wing-shaped lower bumper treatment and a tapered roofline to enhance the coupe-like appearance. Is.
The 2023 Hyundai Verna sedan will feature a fully digital instrument panel and a redesigned infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wireless connectivity. The sedan is likely to get ventilated front seats. The biggest update will come in the form of ADAS (advanced driver assist system) technology. ADAS features will include forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic assist and driver attention monitoring.
The new Verna sedan is expected to be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2023 in January. The exact timeline of the launch is yet to be revealed; However, reports claim that Hyundai has fast-tracked the development of the new Verna sedan. We expect the new model to go on sale in the second quarter of 2023, around April to May.