Hyundai India has had a wonderful 2014, as the carmaker marked the highest market share of 21.6% ever since its introduction in India. In a bid to continue doing great business in 2015 as well, the Korean automaker is planning to launch a couple of all new products and updated models of some of its existing cars. The first product to be launched by Hyundai this year will be the 2015 Verna facelift; it is likely to be launched by the end of February 2015.
The Verna that ruled the mid-sized sedan segment before the arrival of new-gen Honda City, is aiming to regain the lost ground in the segment. Just so you know, the Verna, currently, is at no. 3 position after Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
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Known as 'Solaris' in Russia, the updated model was launched there in 2014; and the similar model is likely to come to our shores as well. The new model will feature Hyundai's Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy, which will make it look similar to the new-gen Sonata.
The 2015 Verna will get a new front fascia with larger headlamps, redesigned bumper with LED daytime running lights, new fog-lamps, dual-slat chrome grille and a bigger airdam. That said, the rear profile of the car might not see any major changes except the new LEDs and new reflectors on the bumper. The cabin, too, might remain unchanged, though the company might add some more features.
Mechanically, the car is expected to remain unchanged. Though, we expect Hyundai to slightly tune the suspension and steering like it did in the case of Grand i10 and the new i20. Engine options are likely to remain similar - two petrol (1.4-litre & 1.6-litre) and two diesel (1.4 and 1.6 CRDi) engines.