In order to beat the heat of new Honda City during the summer, Hyundai silently launched the new variant of 2014 Verna called GL. Priced at Rs 7.17 lakh, the new variant of Hyundai’s sedan uses the 1.4-litre VTVT engine in petrol trim whilst of 1.4-litre CRDI unit in diesel. The petrol motor produces 105bhp and 138Nm of torque. The 1.4-litre CRDI diesel engine does a quite lesser 89bhp and 224Nm of torque. Traction is provided on the front wheels, while the five-speed manual gearbox is found doing its job on the petrol, whereas diesel was seemed lugging a six-speed manual in order to reimburse the loss of horsepower comparatively with the petrol version. Equipment list consists of very basic equipments like keyless entry and a 2-Din Audio system among others.
Besides, the Korean carmaker had also rejigged the lineup of brand, discontinued the six variants of 2014 Verna out of which three were from the petrol and the remaining three were from the diesel. The 1.6-litre VTVT powered Automatic variants of the SX(O) and EX were axed from the list. Besides those, the 1.6 CRDI Automatic and the 1.4-litre CRDI EX too got discontinued. And the base 1.4-litre petrol and diesel variants have been replaced with the new GL.
So that’s the whole story the Koreans had cooled up to counter the effects of new Honda City. Hence, it will be interesting to look how this sedan war take shape in the coming days.