Hyundai Verna Automatic to go low cost

Hyundai is getting aggressive with the new Verna. Barely after a year of launching the new Verna South Korean car maker plans to offer more value. A few days back we reported the Verna will get a standard reverse camera as a standard fitment.

Currently the Verna is the only car in its segment with an automatic gear box option and it is available only on the top end variant. Hyundai now plans to launch the automatic gear box on lower variants. The Automatic variant currently accounts for 10 percent of the total sales and with more affordable variants the company targets 25 percent.

The car could be priced around 70-80 thousand over the same manual variants. This step will certainly help the company to further dominate its position in the segment. There is also a growing base of customers which are looking for automatics as driving in city jams becomes a nightmare at times in a manual which requires frequent gear changing.

Hyundai should also plonk in the automatic in the 1.4 diesel and petrol engines. Other options in this segment include the Honda City, Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento.

The new Fluidic Verna is available with four engine options – 1.4 litre VTVT delivering 107PS@6300rpm of maximum power and 13.8Kgm@5000rpm of peak torque, the petrol 1.6 litre VTVT engine with 123PS@6300rpm maximum power and 15.8@4200rpm peak torque, the Common Rail diesel 1.4 litre CRDi with 90PS@4000rpm max power and 22.43kgm@1750 – 2750rpm of peak torque and the diesel 1.6 litre VGT CRDi, with range topping 128@4000rpm max power and 26.5kgm@1900-2750rpm of peak torque.

Both the 1.6 litre petrol and the diesel engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission while the manual transmission option is available with all the four engine options.

Verna First in Segment features

  • Engine start/stop button
  • Smart key
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Auto dim Electro Chromic rearview mirrors
  • Clean air cluster ionizer
  • Sliding centre armrest
  • Electrically foldable outside mirrors
  • Supervision cluster
  • Eco indicator for automatic transmission
  • Dual Chrome tipped exhaust
  • 6 Airbags
  • Speed sensing auto door lock
  • Impact sensing auto door unlock
  • Front & rear disc brakes
  • 6 speed manual transmission for the diesel