Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today unveiled its fifth-generation Verna sedan, which the company will launch on 22 August, 2017. The Verna has been a successful model for Hyundai globally, with over 8.8 mn customers in over 66 countries, of which 3.17 lakh units have been sold in India. The next-gen Verna has been developed with the involvement of 800 engineers in Hyderabad at various stages, in collaboration with the company’s Namyang R&D headquarters. HMIL has begun taking pre-booking for the next-generation Verna.
The next-generation Verna features a ‘Super Body Structure,’ with 50 % of it being made of ultra high strength steel that ensures low NVH, enhanced safety and performance. It is built with advanced high strength steel (AHSS), including hot stamping applications that ensures best-in-class body rigidity, structural changes and crash performance, the company said. It added that the rigid and responsive chassis, and improved impact harshness offers superior road feedback to the driver for a confident driving experience.
In addition, the Super Body Structure is claimed to offer adequate weight control, thereby enhancing both performance and fuel efficiency. The car is also said to have low NVH characteristics by the use of enhanced sound absorption materials and improved design. Changes to the engine and transmission mount design, implementation of tunnel insulator and application of foam filler in cavity are some of the design elements leading to reduced NVH levels.
The Next Gen Verna is built on an all-new platform, codenamed K2, which HMIL said has enabled precise tuning of key suspension components for enhanced cornering and high speed stability. The car also offers superior ride comfort and precise handling performance, making it optimised for Indian conditions, added the company. The rear suspension geometry of the next-gen Verna has been modified for stable and comfortable ride for rear passengers by vertical angle of rear shock absorbers and coil springs on the coupled torsion beam axle.
Meanwhile, the front suspension uses an optimally-designed McPherson strut with coil springs and gas shock absorbers, along with a front stabiliser to help reduce body roll when cornering, explained HMIL. The standard motor-driven power steering system has been tuned to provide improved feedback while cornering and at high speeds. The front wheel caster angle has also been modified to further enhance the steering feedback to the driver at highway speeds, the company noted.
The new Verna will continue to offer the same powertrain options as the existing models. The first is the 1.6 l, Dual VTVT petrol engine delivering 121 hp of power, while the other is the 1.6, U2 CRDi VGT diesel engine putting out 126 hp of power. The engines will be offered with both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, claimed to be tuned to provide superior low and high speed performance to suite city and highway driving.
YK Koo, Managing Director and CEO, HMIL, said the fifth-generation Verna is a true expression of a superior sedan crafted with perfection and excellence in engineering. He added that the next-gen Verna will create a disruption in the sedan segment with its benchmark features and performance for customers’ delight. The new Verna is a result of Hyundai’s numerous product clinics and rigorous product tests on various terrains in India and worldwide, noted Koo. He also said that the company’s R&D centres in Namyang (South Korea), Chennai and Hyderabad have put extreme efforts to make this a world-class sedan for product supremacy and utmost customer satisfaction.