The 2023 Hyundai Verna Is Here To Disrupt The Mid-Size Sedan Segment

The new 6th gen Hyundai Verna is the first in the segment to offer 2670mm of wheelbase.

The Hyundai Verna has been on sale in India since its debut in 2006 as a simple, innocent family mid-sized sedan. Over the years it made its mark in our market with its various updated quirks and features in the segment and with its design which got even sharper and more aggressive over the years. Hyundai claims that currently, there are more than 4,65,000+ Vernas proudly wandering our roads, and now, Hyundai has finally launched its 6th generation in India at an introductory price of ₹10.89 – ₹17.37 Lakh (ex-showroom). It looks even sharper and flashy with more cuts and creases, and with the new Verna, Hyundai is planning to increase their production by 2X.

From the front, the 2023 Verna gets a split headlamp set-up, with an LED strip on the front of the bonnet that works as a DRL and the LED headlamps With halogen indicators integrated with the newly designed fully blacked-out front grill, the ORVMs also has a sharp and edgy treatment to them. Over the bonnet, you get a new Hyundai logo with a brushed metal finish, so the overall design of the front of the 2023 Verna look flashy, quirky, and bold.

From the side the new Verna is 95mm longer with a fastback style roofline and has a 70mm longer wheelbase than the previous one which makes it the longest mid-size sedan with a wheelbase of 2670mm, which means more room at the back while the previous one felt a bit more claustrophobic and cramped on the back seats, it will be offered with new 16″ dual-tone diamond cut alloy wheels, brushed aluminium finish on the door handles and overall, the side profile is filled with sharp lines around the window sills and on the doors, which gives the new Verna a forward-looking stance from the side.

From the rear, it gets sharp LED headlamps with crystal treatment connected with an LED light bar with Verna badging. The turn indicators are the 3 stripes below the tail lamps, a shark fin antenna on top and the rear bumper has a shiny black crystal-like pattern which matches with the crystal treatment of the tail lamps, but the rear design looks more basic as compared to the overall sharp and flashy profile of the car.

The new Verna’s interior is slightly inspired by the new Elantra that has been sold overseas, it now gets a fully upgraded interior which will be offered either with beige and black as standard, or a fully black interior with red stitching and red accents in the turbo variants, the turbo variants will also been offered with aluminium paddles.

In terms of interior features, the new Verna will be offered with a 10.25” infotainment screen with an 8 speaker premium surround sound system provided by Bose, a dedicated digital instrument cluster with MID in the middle for the driver, a 2 spoke steering with steering mounted controls and other media-specific buttons with manual reach and rake adjustment. The centre console is offered with a wireless charging pad and drive mode selector. The engine start-stop button is placed on the right side of the steering below the right AC vent, which has air purifier. You will also be able to enjoy 65+ ‘Hyundai’s Blu Link’ connected car features, a basic sunroof, auto-dimming IRVM, first in segment ventilated and heated front seats with semi-automatic adjust, automatic climate control with a digital display and 2 knobs to control the fan and temperature that are placed below the centre mounted AC vents, which can switch to media buttons with a tap of a button. Hyundai will offer 64 different ambient light colours in the new Verna. At the back, you get a centre armrest with twin cup holders, rear blowers and 2 USB type-c charging ports.

The new Verna will be offered with 7 standard safety features including 6-airbags and to increase the level of safety. For the first time, Hyundai is going to offer level 2 ADAS features in the 2023 Verna borrowed from the Tucson, which will include emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, forward and rear collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and more, which makes it the 2nd sedan to be offered with ADAS after the new Honda City facelift.

Hyundai will offer 2 engine options for the 2023 Verna. A 1.5L MPI naturally aspirated petrol engine which will pump out 113hp @6300rpm and 144Nm of peak torque @4500rpm paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed CVT automatic with paddle shifters and the most powerful turbo petrol on offer in the segment the 1.5L turbo petrol, which will churn out 157hp @5500rpm and 253Nm of peak torque between 1500-3500rpm paired with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT automatic with paddle shifters. Hyundai claims that the turbo petrol can do 0-100kms in 8.1 seconds, no diesel will be on offer, and Hyundai has kept the manual handbrake intact.

The 2023 Hyundai Verna will be offered with 4 different variants – EX, S, SX and SX (o) and 7 monotone and 2 dual-tone total of 9 different colour options to choose from, it will rival the Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Virtus, new Honda City facelift and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

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