The largely successful Hyundai Verna is due for its mid life revamp. The much anticipated facelift has started to emerge on roads draped in the customary black camouflage. Thanks to Auto163.com we bring to you the first public spotting of the facelift snapped under testing on Chinese soil.
Current gen Verna has been a commercial success in China, Russia and India and this model in their present form dates back to 2010 which was based on the fluidic design philosophy of Hyundai. Though the fluidic design still looks contemporary, Hyundai feels it is time to bring in some changes, refreshments to the car and Hyundai is expected to judiciously hand a mid life update to keep the design afresh.
Though the front and rear black draping does give us a hint that changes will be concentrated on these areas, however, what will they be, is hard to guess from the pics. What appears to us is that there will not be any major changes and Verna doesn’t really need a comprehensive makeover as well.
In the recent past Hyundai was testing the Elantra facelift in a similar manner and towards the end there were very minute changes to the lights and the bumpers.
It will be sensible to assume minor or little touch ups in form of chrome inserts and/or redesigned nose etc. Apart from the superficial design changed, we are mainly interested in the handling of this new Verna. We hope Hyundai works on it to make Verna a real good handler,which, in its current form it is not!
Under the hood, Hyundai will carry on with the current engine line up of 1.6L VTVT petrol, 1.4L VTVT petrol, 1.6L VGT diesel and 1.4L CRDI diesel engines.
Hyundai might also lend this Verna facelift some segment first features to give the sedan an edge over the competition.
Barely a few weeks back, Hyundai updated the Verna with redesigned alloy wheels, automatic projector-based headlamps and day time running lamps. The refresh also saw some cost cutting measures like steel wheels replacing the spare alloy wheel, twin headrests on the rear seat that replace the triple headrest design.
The facelift will first come for China and after that we expect it to make an Indian entry sometime towards the end of 2014 or 2015.
-by Saravana Priyan