2020 Hyundai Verna facelift has been spotted in China recently. The updated Verna is expected to go on sale in China by the end of 2019 and we expect it to come to India some time in 2020. Since Hyundai has the 2020 Creta lined up for launch in the first half of next year, it won’t be surprising if the updated Verna is launched in the second half.
Up front, Hyundai has updated the headlamp design and it now merges into the grille. Surprisingly, the front grille doesn’t feature any kink or curve, a design feature that can be seen on many Hyundai models. The front bumper has also been redesigned and it now looks sharper than the one on the Indian Verna.
A look at the rear section of the spied model suggests that the designers have worked overtime here, but half-heartedly. The design is polarising to say the least, and the rear end looks rather ungainly. We reserve any further opinion till we see the car in the flesh; we hope the Indian model gets a different boot.
The 2020 Verna will feature a new set of engines -- 1.5-litre petrol and diesel. These engines will also feature on the Kia Seltos and the 2020 Hyundai Creta. On the Seltos, both these engines will develop 115PS of maximum power. The Verna’s current 1.6-litre petrol engine makes 123PS of maximum power, and the 1.6-litre diesel engine puts out 128PS.
The Verna also gets a pair of 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines, making 100PS and 90PS, respectively. It is unlikely that these engines will continue in the BS6 era. The Verna is currently available with a manual transmission with all the engine options, but automatic transmission option is available only on the larger petrol and diesel engines. Both the 1.5-litre engines should be available with both manual and automatic transmission options on the 2020 Verna, like these will be on the Seltos.
It goes without saying that the 2020 Verna will be more feature loaded than the existing model. We’re also certain that it will feature connected car tech, which will also be on offer on the 2020 Creta too.
The Verna is currently priced between Rs 8.09 lakh to Rs 14.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new model is expected to be priced a little higher.