Spy shots of what appears to be a Hyundai Verna station wagon have surfaced online. This form factor is pretty popular in the overseas markets thanks to its added space and versatility. Station wagons have more boot space than their sedan counterparts yet offer the similar handling characteristics of the sedan.
Hyundai Verna station wagon : More Details
The test mule of the Hyundai Verna station wagon was spotted in Russia. Overall, the car appears similar in design with respect to the Verna sedan. Do note that the Verna sedan is launching in India later this month.
Towards the front, both the sedan and station wagon form factors of the Verna share the same fascia. The car gets a wide LED bar at the front along with the parametric grille. The headlights appear to be of the LED reflector type, which are the same ones that the Indian Verna will get. Upto the C-pillar the station wagon is similar to the sedan.
At the rear, the tail light design is familiar while the larger roof reveals the differences in design. The Verna station wagon has a rugged look to the car. It comes with an SUV-like stance thanks to the winter tyres and noticeably higher ground clearance.
Powertrain of the Hyundai Verna station wagon
We can guess that the engine options on this station wagon would be similar to the ones offered on the new Verna. This could include the 1.5-litre NA engine developing 113 BHP and 144 Nm of peak torque and a 1.5-litre turbo petrol good for 158 BHP and 260 Nm. Hyundai could offer 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox with both the engines.
Are station wagons a popular choice?
Atleast in India, this segment never gained popularity as expected. Infact, despite having some station wagon options, the Indian car buyer turned a blind eye to them. Yesteryear wagons include the likes of Premier Padmini Safari, Tata Estate, Opel Corsa Swing, Skoda Octavia Combi, Fiat Palio Adventure, Maruti Baleno Altura and Tata Indigo Marina. None of this was a sales hit and there are very few examples which are still running.
In the premium segment, we had the E-Class All-Terrain and the Volvo V90 cross country. But even then they sold in just a few numbers.
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