2023 Hyundai Verna : India Production To Begin In March

The next-gen Verna will be sold as petrol-only and will have ADAS features

The much anticipated next-gen, 2023 Hyundai Verna is reported to go into series production in March 2023. Currently codenamed BN7i, the upcoming Verna is now being tested on Indian roads. It has been reported that a majority of the production in India will be destined for exports.

Currently, the company produces roughly 40,000 units of the outgoing Verna every month. Average monthly sales in the Indian market are around 1600 units. Hyundai is planning to increase the annual production of the upcoming Verna to 70,000 units, where the majority will be exported. Production at the St Petersburg plant in Russia was stopped by Hyundai due to a shortage in components, because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Hyundai will make India a major production/export hub for global markets, starting with the new Verna. The plant in India will produce cars for markets including the Middle East and Latin America.

The upcoming new Verna has been spotted testing on Indian roads, only with heavy camouflage. No official rendering of the new car has been revealed yet. But the styling cues suggest that the next-gen Verna will be heavily inspired by the new Elantra, as part of Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language. It will come with a wide grille connecting the headlamps, similar to an Elantra. It will also have a tapered roof and a fastback-like styling, chrome styling on the C-pillar and dual tone alloys, adapted from Tucson. It is highly likely that the Verna will come with a twin-screen infotainment system, similar to that of an Ioniq-5. ADAS features are also expected in the next-gen Verna. This article could give you more details of the upcoming Verna’s feature list.

As per reports, Hyundai has no intention of bringing a diesel engine with the new Verna, due to the upcoming RDE norms, and is highly likely to retain the 1.5L NA petrol, which is capable of producing 115hp. A new 1.5L turbo petrol mil is also expected. This new engine could be a replacement for the smaller 1.4L turbo petrol used by several models in the Hyundai-Kia line-up.

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The new Verna will possibly make its global debut and market launch by the second quarter of this year. Upon arrival, the main rivals of the Verna would be the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia and the upcoming facelift of the Honda City.

Source: Autocar India

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