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Hyundai has started testing the next-gen Verna in India, as a couple of heavily camouflaged test mules have recently been spotted testing on public roads in the country. We had earlier reported that Hyundai might launch the next-gen Verna in the month of August 2017, based on a leaked image of an internal company presentation.
The test mules were accompanied by a Honda City, which was probably being used as a benchmarking vehicle. Additionally, the spotter mentions that one of the two mules had some damage at the front and was being towed by the Honda City. The City's rear bumper also seems to have some damage as it has been dislodged from the side.
The spotted models have been disguised in heavy camouflage, especially at the front and rear. Since the new-gen Verna will be based on the company's new Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy, it is expected to come with a wider, cascading grille at the front, flanked by swept back headlamps with projector setup. The side profile indicates a sloping roof line and a new set of 5-spoke alloy wheels. At the rear, the car is expected to get larger wrap around taillights, while the number plate housing will be placed in the middle of the boot lid.
Further details regarding the feature additions and specifications of the upcoming next-gen Verna aren't known yet. However, speculations suggest that Hyundai will continue to offer the existing engine options in the new model. These include 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel power plants. However, these engines might be retuned to suit the new model's dynamics.
The new-gen Verna will continue to compete against the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento.