Hyundai knows how serious a threat the new Honda City brings with it to the table. And they have been responding by providing more features and newer variants to their warhorse, Verna.
Now, in a new development, it has been revealed by Economic Times, that Hyundai will be launching a new ‘CX’ variant in the lineup which will be propelled by the 1.4L diesel engine which currently powers the GL and EX variant of the car. The Economic Times report predicts that the Verna CX will sit between the EX and SX trims, however, we believe Verna CX may sit between the GL and EX variant and will provide a new option to buyers within the Verna range.
The Verna CX will be powered by the same 1.4L CRDI diesel engine which powers that lesser Verna variants and i20. It produces 90PS of power output and 224Nm of torque. The Verna CX will reportedly come with the following features:
- Rear Parking Camera
- Fully Automatic Temperature Control
- 2 DIN Audio with Bluetooth
- Steering Mounted Controls
- Electrically adjustable and foldable electric mirrors
- ORVM Integrated side blinkers
- Antilock Braking System (ABS) + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
- Driver Side Airbag
- Electro Chromatic Mirror
It also seems that Hyundai feels that their 1.4L diesel motor (which produces comparable figures) is enough for Honda City diesel which produces 10PS of higher power output but more importantly 24Nm of lesser torque.
Hyundai launched Verna in 2006 in India and has sold more than 2.37 Lakh units till now. It has been at the pinnacle ever since the new fluidic Verna was launched in 2011. Currently, Verna GL and EX cost Rs 8.62 Lakhs and Rs 9.39 Lakhs ex-showroom Delhi and we believe the Verna CX may cost somewhere close to Rs 9 Lakhs. (Check complete price list & comparo with City)
And if you thought it is only a fist-fight between these two, check out our list of upcoming C-Segmenters here.