Update - Reader Saurabh Garg emailed us a snap of the 2017 Hyundai Verna testing in Delhi. The model is preparing to enter the market in the early part of H2 2017. HMIL boss YK Koo confirmed to IAB last week that the Chennai plant will be a global export hub for the new gen Verna.
15 April 2017 -
Will feature a new exterior based on Fluidic Sculpture 2.0.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna (3rd gen) has been spied up close by IAB reader Agasthian R in the outskirts of Chennai. Hyundai has commenced local testing of the next gen Verna ahead of a launch expected in August.
As before, the Verna test mules are currently covered up in black canvas. However, visible elements suggest that the exterior design will be similar to the new Hyundai Accent and Solaris unveiled in Toronto and Russia, respectively.
The new Verna’s exterior styling will finally make the jump to the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, featuring the cascading grille, swept-back headlights with LED daytime running lights, new alloy wheels, new front lip spoiler, sportier bumper design with chrome elements, LED horizontal taillamps, and moulded rear spoiler.
The test mule's dashboard has been covered up and judging by interior images of the Accent, the next gen Verna will draw influence from the Hyundai Tucson and Elantra. Like the i20 and Grand i10, the new Verna is likely to have a dual tone beige and black interior with silver trim around the centre console and HVAC vents, automatic climate control, 8-inch touchscreen AVN system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and start/stop button.
We reckon the incoming model will keep the current engines, which include 1.4- and 1.6-litre N/A petrol and turbodiesel engines paired with a manual gearbox. The current car is offered with a 4-speed automatic in both 1.6 petrol and diesel variants, while the next gen Verna could source the Hyundai Creta's 6-speed unit.