Hyundai India is all set to top the success of their Verna model in the country with a lower variant of the 1.6-L diesel Verna. The current lineup of the model is comes mated to a manual transmission with only the highest trim model, the Verna SX (O) being offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Sources from Hyundai suggest that the company is keen in offering the automatic transmission option with the Verna 1.6-L diesel’s lower trim variants as well. Responding to demands from buyers looking for an automatic transmission on the cheaper diesel models, the company claims that the move would please prospective Verna customers who have been placing queries at Hyundai dealerships regarding such an option.
At the moment, the current Verna diesel with the automatic transmission accounts for as much as 10 percent of the model line-up’s overall sales numbers. After the new variant is introduced, Hyundai expects this number to rise up to as much as 25 percent of the entire Verna sales number. However, the 1.6 diesel Verna’s manual transmission model costs approximately Rs 75,000 less than the top-end automatic variant and the price difference is expected to trickle down into the respective lower trim variants as well.
Even with the price disparity, the diesel automatic saloon’s affordable variant could be the next bestseller in the segment since the model is effectively the sole player in the segment offering an automatic gearbox with a diesel engine in this price range. With cheaper auto variants expected to join the line up soon enough, the Korean carmaker should see its last six months’ sales numbers in excess of 27,500 copies topped quite easily with the proposed more affordable, new Verna 1.6 diesel with automatic transmission. Currently the best-selling car in its segment, the Verna has recently added a touch of luxury to its line up by offering high end fittings a reversing camera as stared fixture on the base models as well that should help those sales figures soar higher in the months to come.