While EVs were robbing enthusiasts of the sheer pleasure of driving, some manufacturers are trying to keep the tradition alive. With that being said, Hyundai has launched some serious Gladiators in the EV colosseum. Hyundai now wants to balance the shaft by churning out more of the performance-oriented chariots into this colosseum.
2020 Hyundai Verna, an entry-level sedan is provided with a punch of performance with few facelifts too. The addition of a 1.0Liter turbocharged engine with paddle shifters is what these petrol-head bangers needed in Verna. Defying the long grafted traditions of keeping sporty out of the entry-level segment, Hyundai is all set to beat the drums on their own rhythm.
Hyundai did not disclose the exact performance figures of this variant but the 1.0Liter T-GDI also powers the Hyundai Venue. The Venue produces 120hp of power and 172Nm of torque and the performance figures for the new Verna will revolve around these particulars.
The sportier Verna will only be available in SX(O) trim which is the fully-loaded variant in Hyundai lineups. This loaded to the brim Verna will include features like a 4.2-inch color TFT screen for the part-digital instrument cluster, a larger, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Blue Link connected car tech, a sunroof, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, hands-free boot opening, and an Arkamys sound system.
With the advent of this drummer, the competition is now interesting in this segment. Ciaz and Vento are now going commando with only petrol variants. Whereas, Honda will be rolling out their pawn, the Honda City this month. Prices were not revealed by Hyundai but we expect this car to be around 13-14 lakhs making it an affordable performance compact sedan.