Next-generation 2017 Hyundai Verna - Rendering

20/05/2016 - 09:00 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Expected to launch in India next year. 

Indian Autos Blog's artist, Shoeb Kalania, has created a digital mockup of the next-generation 2017 Hyundai Verna based on the Hyundai Verna concept revealed at the Auto China last month. As reported earlier, the new Verna is expected to debut in its home market in Korea towards the end of this year, and launch in India in 2017.

2017 Hyundai Verna rendering
The next-generation 2017 Hyundai Verna is reported to get a 30 mm longer wheelbase.

The front fascia of the 2017 Verna will be a revolutionary design from the current generation model. It will feature a hexagonal grille, which in this case is inspired by that of the Hyundai Ioniq's, flared headlight clusters and boomerang foglights with enclosed LED daytime running lights.

The side profile though looks very similar to the current Verna, though according to one report, engineers will be extending the wheelbase by 30 mm to 2,600 mm. The increased wheelbase will better occupant comfort at the rear, a crucial criteria for the Indian market where the Verna will rival the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. These cars are also preferred by the chauffeur-driven buyers, hence enhanced rear seat comfort and a rear AC vent are a must on the 2017 Verna.

Hyundai Verna Concept rear quarter at the Auto China 2016 Live
The next-gen Verna is unlikely to see any new engine options. Instead, new gearboxes would be introduced on the sedan.

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According to initial reports, Hyundai is unlikely to introduce new engines on the India-spec 2017 Verna. It will continue with 1.4- and 1.6-liter VTVT and CRDi petrol and diesel units, though the automatic transmissions will be upgraded from the current 4-speed torque converter to at least a 6-speed torque converter if not a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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