Hyundai Fluidic Verna CRDI SX 1.6 - Design Review
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Design Review of Hyundai Fluidic Verna CRDI SX 1.6
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The new Verna is gorgeous, simply!
Photography: Eshan Shetty
Hyundai has had a well defined presence in the midsize sedan market. It tasted success with the erstwhile Accent, which still exists at Hyundai dealerships. Then came the Verna, which did pretty decently too. Hyundai is back with a bang with the new Verna. By the looks of it, it seems Hyundai is here to conquer. I mean, just look at it. The Verna is an awesome looking car. Let’s see if it has what it takes to beat the likes of Honda City and Volkswagen Vento.
The new Verna is an important car for Hyundai. Premium mid-size sedan sphere has seen a lot of entries in the last few years and the previous generation Verna was losing its sheen to the competition. Then there was always the Honda City, the segment benchmark, to beat. Volksvagen Vento also made it worse with its diesel and petrol options. The new Verna looks like a well thought product and has the makings of a perfect blockbuster.
To start with, The Verna is a great looking car, simply spectacular if you park it next to all its competitors. And this is half the battle won already for Hyundai as the Verna offers a lot of flash for the money, something we Indians take pride in flaunting.
Hyundai calls this car the Fluidic Verna. In fact, it follows Hyundai’s new ‘fluidic design’ philosophy, which means you get to see a lot of flowing lines and surfaces throughout the car. The front is smart and contemporary. It gets Hyundais new signature trapezoidal grille that looks very European. Then there are the flowing, pulled-back headlamps. Even the foglamps have an unusual designer enclosure.
Just like the name, the overall form of the car is truly fluidic. It looks like it’s been crafted by continuous strokes of laser, from back to front. The sharp nose with the trapezoidal grille makes it a typical Hyundai and the big, pulled back headlamps give it a naughty character while the unusual chrome surrounds for the fog lamps add a bit of mystery to the design
The side profile is very dynamic too, with its high boot-low nose stance. The swooping waistline stylishly merges with the front and rear while the window lines have also been matched to go with it. Then there is another lightcatcher lower in the doors. 8-spoke alloys are spot on to go with the overall styling.
The Verna has an interesting rear too. The neat coupe-like roofline, which is a prevailing design trend these days, flows neatly in to the short, stubby boot. Then there are the eye-catching raked-back tail lamps and twin exhaust tips. There are so many lines in the car that you actually get tired counting them.
So is the Verna the best looking car in its segment? Now that’s a subjective thing but the Verna sure is the most stylish and striking looking car in its segment. It is nowhere close to being conservative or simple and that’s a good thing if you want your car to make a statement.
First Published on 04:40 pm, June 30, 2011