Hyundai Next Gen ‘VERNA’ launched in Nepali market

Laxmi Intercontinental Ltd, the authorized distributor of Hyundai in Nepal, has launched  the Next Gen ‘VERNA’ in the Nepali market.

Issuing a statement, Laxmi Intercontinental said that the Next Gen Verna is a technological marvel developed with futuristic design, dynamic performance, super safety and new technology and advanced features.

“With over 8.8 million customers globally, the Verna is one of the world’s most loved sedans,” according to the statement.

The new Verna is based Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, as a result of which the car features a sharp design with an array of curves and creases to mimic the flow of water. Does it look good? It certainly does and is a massive improvement over the older model. The cascade grille upfront gives the car a dynamic look and the sleek wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs and projector lights lend the Verna a modern and sporty appeal. The sharp creases in the lower part of the bumper along with tastefully done chrome surround for the fog lamp accentuate its sporty character.

The side profile is my personal favourite to view the car as it gets a coupe-like design, wherein the roofline tapers neatly til the boot lid. The alloy wheels look like propellers and add to the sportiness of the overall design. The rear continues to feature the same sleek design as on the front and side with sleek and angular LED tail lamps, which look pretty cool at night.

Overall, the Verna undoubtedly looks like a baby Elantra and that’s a good thing. The car looks premium and exudes a lot of kinetic energy, which will appeal to many young buyers. So what do all of these changes do the new Verna? They clearly make it the best-looking car in its segment right now.

The new Hyundai Verna is offered with two engines, a 1.6 litre petrol unit and a 1.6 litre diesel mill. The smart thing Hyundai has done is it is offering an automatic transmission with petrol as well as diesel versions and variants below the top one too can be ordered with an automatic gearbox. The car we drove was a diesel one with an automatic transmission. The 1.6 litre CRDi diesel mill produces about 125 hp and 250 Nm of torque and the torque-convertor gearbox has six ratios. Owing to multiple measures to lower the NVH ratings, the cabin is much more refined than the older Verna. The only place when we could hear the engine was in the forest around Chapara waterfalls as it was a quiet place. In regular traffic the noise from the engine is well-contained and the wind noise too is appreciably low at high speeds.

The engine has been tuned to produce more torque at lower revs, as a result of which driveability has improved significantly. Pulling away at lower revs is much more comfortable now and once past around 1,500 rpm, the engine is quite responsive. The Verna is the most powerful car in its segment but its power delivery is linear, which makes it good to drive and enjoy. The automatic gearbox too performs well and shifts reasonably quick in most conditions. It’s only under kick-downs that one feels a slight lag but for most practical reasons the unit does its job well.

Overall, the Verna was never a slow car to drive but the new one feels more refined and more confident and feels better to drive on highways too than most of its competitors.

All Hyundai vehicles come with three years’ warranty and four-year free servicing, among other features.

Hyundai Next Gen ‘VERNA’ Price in Nepal

EX 1591cc Petrol NRs. 42,96,000
SX 1591cc Petrol NRs.44,96,000
EX (A /T) 1591cc Petrol NRs.46,96,000
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