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    Hyundai Verna: The Cosmopolitan Prodigy

    The Hyundai Verna has been a popular choice for over 14 years because of its sophisticated design and plush features.

    2006: The Launch

    The Verna was Hyundai's answer to other players in the Indian auto sector. The Hyundai Verna was launched in India many moons ago, and it has been the sedan of choice ever since. The Verna was launched in India in 2006 when Indian car buyers were opting for economical but feature-rich sedans.

    The Verna came with two engine options -- the 1.6-litre petrol engine that produced 102 BHP and the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which produced 109 BHP, making it a powerful and performance-driven automobile. Its "egg" design was not only aerodynamic but was tasteful at the time.

    The Verna's dimensions made it perfect for Indian roads, parking spaces and big enough to accommodate five people. The Verna stretched at a length of 4310mm; its width was 1596mm and stood at the height of 1490mm.

    It offered both manual and automatic gearboxes, the automatic diesel engine. Being offered in 15 colour options (Ebony Black, Passion Red Metallic, Dynasty Red Metallic, Noble White, Real Earth Metallic, Sleek Silver, Husky Blue Metallic, Deep Pearl Blue Metallic, Kyara Metallic, Blushing Red, Stone Black, Bright Silver Metallic, Champagne Gold, Deep Ocean Blue, and Crystal White) car buyers had ample options to choose from.

    The sedan did so well, in fact, that a whopping 5,000 units were sold in just 15 days after its launch! And hence Verna started winning people's hearts and numerous awards since.

    2010: Same Soul, New Face

    Four years after its initial launch and four years of having an extraordinary run, the Korean carmaker decided it was time to give the sub-compact sedan a design change and an upgrade on the features being offered.

    The new and updated Verna's length was 10mm less than its predecessor, 99mm wider and had a wheelbase of 2500mm. Some of its key features were power steering, air conditioning, front power windows, fog lights and wheel covers.

    The powerful engine was kept the same, and a few changes were made to the interiors, including new seat covers. The face of the car was changed, including the front grille, LED trend indicators, ORVMs, etc.

    2011: More Power, More Sedan

    After the first facelift, Hyundai launched the new Verna Fluidic named after Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language. This version of the sedan was a giant leap not only for Hyundai in India but to the way sedans were made and what sedans offered to car buyers. The Verna Fluidic was powered by a wide range of engines such as the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and the diesel engines. The petrol engines produced 105PS and 121PS of power and the diesel engines produced 88PS and 126PS of power, respectively. The Verna offered a 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearbox with all the engine options.

    The Verna Fluidic was the most powerful car in its segment; the safety features on offer and its tasteful and sophisticated design made it the car to have. The sedan had every feature that one wanted; some key features were the leather upholstery, push-button ignition, automatic climate control, six airbags, and parking assistance. The dashboard held the centre console that contained the climate control buttons and audio player which supports iPod and Bluetooth connectivity and USB.

    The hexagonal-shaped grille and the curves on the side profile, classy colour options Sleek Silver, Carbon Grey, Phantom Black, Crystal White, Stone Beige, and Stone Beige. The 16-inch alloys fill the wheel wells and give the car a sporty and zippy look. The car provides a mileage between 16 to 23 kmpl, making it economical while delivering power and a smooth driving experience.

    2015: Revamping Success


    The new Verna had minor changes to the design, the headlamps and front grille were changed, the suspensions had a few tweaks, the car was more stable and gave a better experience on the road. The car came with a 1GB memory to store music and a reach adjusts function for the steering wheel that Hyundai calls the 'Ergo Lever'.

    This Verna had the perfect combination of 'fluidic' and 'sharp'; it looked more premium, performed better than the competition, making sure the passengers and driver enjoy the drive.

    2017: Setting Standards

    Eleven years since the Verna was first launched and after two facelifts, the sales for the sedan were showing no signs of slowing down, but with the competition getting tough and the crowd wanting something new and different, Hyundai India revealed the 5th generation, Verna.

    Unlike the competition whose cars were made to stay relevant and trendy, Hyundai has always set standards and trends. The Next-generation Verna looked futuristic, offered great features for the price, and performed seamlessly.

    The fifth-generation Verna was built on a K2 platform that was made of high strength steel and went through many crash tests and safety performance tests to ensure it was the safest option. The car's rigid body structure reduced the NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) levels.

    This version of the Verna was offered with two engine options, 1.6-litre petrol that produced 121.3 BHp and a 1.6-litre diesel engine that produces 126.2 BHp, and finally the most powerful of the lot, the 2.0-litre petrol engine that produced a maximum power of [email protected] and max torque of [email protected] The Verna came in both 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.

    The Verna packed exterior features such as hexagonal front grille, LED daytime running lights, projector headlamps and 16-inch alloy wheels. The interior of the sedan gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car sounded great on the inside as much as on the outside with a 6-speaker sound system tweaked by Arkamys. The Verna's length stretched at 4570mm, and the width of 1800mm, which made it 260mm longer and 104mm wider than the first generation Verna.

    The Next-Generation Verna won the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) in 2018.

    2020: The Future

    The 2020 Verna's design made it look aggressive, sporty and ready to pounce. The stance of the sedan gives it a demanding road presence, it is sure to turn heads when on the road. The Verna gets a huge cascading grille with all-LED headlamps. The front DRLs give the car some verve. The redesigned rear bumpers have chrome accents for the reflectors and LED tail lamps.

    The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine debuts under the hood and produces 120PS of power and 172Nm of torque; the sedan offers a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 115PS of power and 144Nm of peak torque; the 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque as alternatives. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is offered with the choice of a 6-speed Manual Transmission or CVT, while the 1.5-litre diesel gets a 6-speed Manual Transmission or a 6-speed Automatic Transmission.

    Some key features inside the 2020 Verna are the fully digital instrument cluster, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, ventilated front seats, paddle shifter, wireless charging, electric sunroof and Hyundai's blue link feature.

    The Verna has a 14-year legacy which is still going strong, a sedan that has always sparked trends and set standards. In its journey in India, the Verna has changed the game, offering premium features for reasonable prices. Its design language, plush interiors, attention to detail, performance and safety features have led to its success in a country with many auto enthusiasts.

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