Hyundai Verna which was launched in August 2017 took a step ahead by adding a 1.4-litre petrol engine option in the Hyundai Verna series. The new variant with a 1.4-litre petrol engine is priced at Rs. 7.79 lakh in India. The Hyundai Verna was previously available with the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options, later the company cuts out the lesser displacement motor with the launch of the new-gen variant.
This time also, the company has launched the 1.4-litre petrol variant, not diesel, although both the variants are available in the Elite i20. After August 2017, when the government categorized a 1.6-litre engine in the luxury segment, the Hyundai has been thinking to re-introduce the 1.4-litre engines. As per the Government’s mentioning, the cars which displace more than 1500cc are luxury cars, which attract a high rate of GST along with cess on this segment.
With the addition of a smaller engine, the base variants are put in the price range comparatively low than its arch competitors. The reduced price is quite expected as now the car is priced in the range of mid-size car according to governments’ classification.
The 1.4-litre petrol engine produces a maximum power of 100PS and a peak torque of 132 Nm, whereas previously it was producing 107PS and 135 Nm respectively. Although, this change is not that major as only motor calibration has been done. The change can be seen in the 6-speed manual transmission as it replaced the 5-speed unit available in the last model.
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The new Verna with a 1.4-litre petrol engine is similar in equipment setup to 1.6-litre engine variants. Although, the E (base) and EX variants went out to give some airing space to the 1.4-litre petrol engine. However, the 1.6-litre petrol AT exists with the EX variant like before in the market.