The vehicle could get a 6-speed automatic.According to a report by Overdrive, Hyundai India will launch the 2015 Hyundai Verna on February 16, 2015. Spotted testing in India last year, the update was applied to the Chinese and Russian specification Verna last year.With increasing competition from new launches Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, the Verna had to give up its leadership position. To renew foregone interest, the new Verna will have a new bumper, foglamps, grille, LED taillamps, and as the report suggests, a touchscreen-based infotainment system, increased number of airbags, and updated mechanicals.
Talking about mechanicals, while the engine options are likely to remain unaltered, the major change could be in the steering system. According to the publication, to make the vehicle feel more connected (and driver-oriented), an updated steering system could make its way to the facelift. That apart, a 6-speed automatic gearbox is expected to replace the ageing 4-speed automatic unit, while the 5-speed manual will continue to do its duty.
The Verna is currently sold with four engine options: 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel units. Sitting between the Xcent and the Elantra, prices for the Verna start at about Rs 7.5 lakhs and goes all the way up to Rs 12 lakhs, ex-showroom, Mumbai. Joining the new Verna this year could be up to six new products from Hyundai, including the ix25 crossover and the Elite i20 Cross.Competitors: Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, VW VentoExpected Price: INR 7.5-12 lakhs, ex-ShowroomLaunch date: February 2015