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2020 Hyundai Verna will beat Honda City & Maruti Suzuki Ciaz?

Written by Parichay Malvankar

The exterior design leaked just a few hours back, and now, Hyundai has revealed the 2020 Verna facelift at the 2019 Chengdu Motor Show. This facelift version of the Verna is expected to hit Indian showrooms in 2020, after the launch of the 2nd generation Creta which has already started testing. The 2020 Hyundai Verna looks radically different for just a model refresh in its mid-life.

While the exteriors are a lot different, we would like to stress on the changes inside. The 2020 Verna’s highlight will be the new all-digital instrument cluster. If you have seen the new BMW 3-Series G20, it has a similar layout of the dials, and this new cluster will surely wow buyers in the C2 sedan segment. This digital meter would be much better than even a few segments above. Also notice in the image below, that the digital meter has a colour display and a large MID in the centre as well. Apart from this, the 2020 Verna from Hyundai will get a larger touchscreen infotainment screen with connected technology as seen on the Venue compact-SUV. Expect some changes in upholstery, few feature additions in tech and new colour schemes on the inside.

The front and rear will have new LED illumination which looks quite striking. While we really like the new headlamp design, we wish that the rear red applique connecting the tail lamps is given a miss as it looks a bit tacky. Both the front and rear bumpers are sharp and edgy by Hyundai standards, and would make the Verna look the sportiest in the segment. Also, there would be new design alloy wheels, which would be the only change on the side profile.

The 2020 Verna will source engines as seen on the Kia Seltos SUV. With a full range of BSVI petrol and diesel engines, customers will be spoilt for choice between a 1.5L 115 PS diesel with 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT, a 1.5L 115 PS petrol with 6-speed MT or CVT gearbox and the most powerful 1.4L turbo-petrol 140 PS motor with 7-speed DCT or 6-speed MT gearbox options. Mileage numbers on the Hyundai Verna would be better than the Kia Seltos, since this is a smaller sedan in scale, and also lighter.

And by the way, do not forget Honda is also working on an all-new city sedan which has started testing on international soil and would debut as a concept mostly at the 2020 Auto Expo in India. Good times for executive sedan buyers in India…

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