If you were planning to buy a Hyundai Verna soon, you’re in for a bit of luck. The 2012 Hyundai Verna Fluidic will soon get a standard reverse camera on all its variants, which includes the base versions. As of now, Hyundai currently offers this feature exclusively on the high-end variants of the Verna- the SX and the SX (O) trim levels. Also, Verna’s base variant is now to be called the Verna EXThe reverse camera feature made this car the segment leader when it was first launched in 2011. Not only this, but several other top-class features had been offered with the Verna Fluidic which, along with its good looks, made it very attractive in the eyes of the customers.
The reverse camera feature shows the rear view of the car on the inner rear view mirror immediately when the car is put into reverse gear. The rear display gives the driver a crystal-clear view while reversing the car. With this feature, the driver does not have to turn his head back and see where the car is going. It is very useful while trying to reverse the car into a tight parking spot. The reverse camera is a simple and more efficient replacement of the reverse sensors employed by other cars of the same type.
The Hyundai Verna Fluidic is currently offered in a total of ten variants, with four different engine options. Presently, most of the sales of the Hyundai Verna are of the higher-spec variants, namely the 1.4 Liter and 1.6 Liter with diesel engines. Both these diesel engines offer 6-speed manual gearboxes as standard, but the top end diesel variant gives an option of 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox. On the other hand, the 1.4 Liter and 1.6 Liter petrol engines come with only five- speed manual gearboxes but the top end petrol variant, like that of the diesel version, gives an option of 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Korean automobile giant is trying to boost sales of the lower variants by offering the reverse camera as an added attraction. This will also simplify the production process as all variants of the Verna will now get a standard rear-view mirror.
Interestingly, the Hyundai Verna is the first car in its segment which offers a rear-view camera as standard equipment. Offering the feature in base-versions of the Verna Fluidic may prompt other car manufacturers to incorporate the reverse camera feature in the base-variants of their cars.
However, Hyundai is likely to jack up the prices of the variants in order to offer this accessory. Although there is no official word on a potential price hike as of now, analysts are forecasting a Rs. 17,000-20,000 hike. It will be interesting to see whether customers of the base-versions of the 2012 Hyundai Verna Fluidic would pay the extra money to get the new reverse camera feature.