Much speculation has happened over the launch dates and engine options of the Verna RB in India. The highly anticipated C+ segment car, which will give direct competition to the likes of the Suzuki SX4, VW Vento and Honda City will apparently come with 4 engine options, 2 petrol mills and 2 diesel powerplants. The launch of the car will take place most likely in the first week of April.
The petrol engines will comprise of a basic 1.4-litre mill with peak power of 106bhp and peak torque of 135Nm. The top end petrol will be a 1.6-litre Gamma unit good for a class leading 122bhp of power (overshadowing the SX4, Vento and the City) and 156Nm of peak torque. Both engines are also expected to be very fuel efficient for their class.
Diesel options will be offered in the form of a 1.4-litre CRDi engine, same as the one currently available on the Hyundai i20, producing 90PS of power and 224Nm of torque. This is a practical engine with sufficient power for Indian usage patterns and very fuel efficient too, at the same time. Sitting on top of the variant hierarchy of the Verna RB series will be 1.6-litre CRDi diesel with an impressive 126bhp of lip smacking power and 265Nm of yummy torque. All variants will come with an option of manual and automatic transmissions.
Those engine options are the most comprehensive of all the models offered in the segment currently. The new Verna RB is one of the latest cars rolling out of a resolute Hyundai’s plants and its benefits from their technological prowess which has been overshadowing rivals across the world. Like all new Hyundai cars, the Verna RB is also expected to ride and handle much better than its predecessors and create a new standard to be followed by the class competitors.
The C+ segment has already hotted up immensely with the launch of the SX4 diesel, which is witnessing record bookings. The Vento has caught up with the sales of the Honda City which is reeling under the newly mounted pressure from its rivals.The launch of the Verna RB would be no less than a nightmare for Honda which has witnessed negative growth in times when other companies are having a ball.
Expect a price tag ranging from Rs 7 to 9.5 lakh rupees for the base petrol and the top and diesel.