Hyundai has unveiled the Russian-spec Verna facelift and its different from the China-spec Verna unveiled last year. We expect it will be the former coming to India.
Hyundai has unveiled yet another version of the Verna facelift to be sold in the Russian market. Last year, Hyundai updated the Verna sedan for the Chinese market and now with this Verna for the Russian market (known as the Solaris), Hyundai has us confused as to which model will make it to India. The facelift appears to be much milder for the Solaris than it was for the China-spec Verna.
As is immediately evident from the images, the Russian-spec Hyundai Verna is quite different from the China-spec Verna. The face of the Solaris is completely different from the Chinese Verna with a new headlamp design, a new front bumper with gloss black grille and a wide air dam sitting below it. The bumpers also get new triangular fog lamp inserts, much like the Aura and that is even expected to feature on the next-gen i20. Overall, the Solaris appears more youthful in design than its Chinese counterpart which comes with a lot of flashy chrome elements.
The side profile of both the cars remain the same but the Solaris gets different alloy wheel designs. At the rear, the story is again very different with different bumpers and tail lamp design which are much more sober than the China-spec model. There are new blacked out elements in the tail lamp and on the bumper as well for the Solaris. On the inside, apart from minor tweaks to the seat texture, there aren’t too many other changes.
It was previously speculated that it will be the China-spec Verna facelift that will be brought to India. Hyundai will be bringing the new Verna to India in the coming few months and with the unveil of the Russia-spec model, we expect it will be the Russian version that will make it to Indian shores as historically, the Solaris sedan for Russia has essentially been the rebadged Verna from India, but in a left-hand-drive layout.
For India, the Hyundai Verna is expected to get some more features and a bit more chrome elements, at least on the top-spec model. There are talks of a fully digital instrument cluster too; this unit will be offered on the new i20 hatchback and most likely on the second-gen Creta as well.
The Hyundai Verna facelift will be powered by a range of BS6-compliant, 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engine options mated to either manual or automatic gearboxes. While the 1.5 diesel will come with a 6-speed torque converter gearbox, the 1.5 petrol will get a CVT as an option. The Hyundai Verna facelift will compete with the next-gen Honda City that’s also slated for its India launch pretty soon. It will also rival the likes of the updated BS6-compliant Vento, Rapid, Ciaz and Yaris.