New generation model to be ready to challenge the Maruti Ciaz SHVS from start.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna had its world premiere at the Chengdu Motor Show in September and will launch in India in H2 2017. According to a report from ZigWheels, the 2017 Hyundai Verna will be offered with mild-hybrid technology.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna is expected to feature regenerative braking technology in a similar way to the Maruti Ciaz SHVS. The energy generated during braking is converted into electricity and stored in a battery which is connected to an integrated starter generator. The stored energy is then used to power up the vehicle, a function which otherwise would consume a lot of fuel.
The regenerative braking technology is offered with an automatic engine stop-start system. Using them together, the car's engine would shut off itself when not in use momentarily, say at a traffic stop. When the driver prompts by releasing the clutch, the electric motor kicks in to start the engine.
The 2017 Hyundai Verna is expected to be offered with the same, perhaps revised, 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines from the current model. The 1.6-litre diesel model could be fitted with mild-hybrid tech to rival the Maruti Ciaz SHVS. Equipping the car with mild-hybrid tech would allow the company for a more competitive pricing with the excise duty incentive offered under the NEMMP (National Electric Mobility Mission Plan).
HMIL's plant in Chennai will be a global production hub for the new generation Verna, where the left-hand drive version could be built. Current production sites for the Verna include India, Korea, China and Russia.