The Hyundai Verna is currently ruling the roost amongst the C-segment sedans in India. Before the launch of the new generation Honda City, Hyundai mildly updated the Verna with new features such as projector lamps with LED DRLs, new diamond cut alloys and illuminated buttons on the inside. However, the new Honda City with a diesel engine being offered for the first time in India seems to eat big chunk of Verna sales. Hyundai is about to launch a significant facelift of the Verna in China, which has been spotted yet again, uncamouflaged.
The 2014 Hyundai Verna facelift will debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April. In order to keep the top spot, Hyundai should consider introducing the new Verna facelift in India sometime around this year. The new fluidic design tone on the Verna looks less curvy and sharper. The front end gets prominent visual changes compared to the rear profile. The headlamps are all-new and angular, featuring projectors. The grille gets two slats of chrome and the redesigned bumper gets sharp edges with integrated boomerang shaped fog lights. The overall effect is the Verna now looks a bit like the new Toyota Corolla.
The side profile of the Hyundai Verna facelift is more or less the same, except for the new ORVMs that look rather boring without integrated blinkers compared to the ones on the current model. The turn indicators are now placed on the front fenders. The rear gets redesigned bumpers with fog lights. We can expect mild changes on the interiors as well. Mechanicals are likely to remain intact but Hyundai should consider revising the bouncy suspension for better ride quality and handling at high speeds. The company has made some changes to the suspension but it’s not enough to put it in the same ballpark as the Ford Fiesta, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento or Skoda Rapid.
Meanwhile here are the pictures of the existing Hyundai Verna which is sold in China. Notice it’s a bit different from the Verna sold in India, taking some influence from the Sonata.
Pictures Source – Car News China