Hyundai Verna RB Concept Named Solaris for Russia

Introduced at last month's Moscow International Motor Show as the Verna RB Concept, the newest sub-compact for the Russian market will be sent to dealerships with a badge which spell Solaris. The car is known in other markets as the Verna or Accent.

To be assembled at the Sankt Petersburg facility, the Russian version of the model will be sent to conquer the hearts and minds of customers with two engine choices, a 1.4l and a 1.6l unit developing 109 bhp and 122 bhp respectively.

The engines will work in conjunction with either a four speed automatic transmission or a five speed manual one, which will be offering the model the two main attributes that make a modern car: more power and less fuel consumption.

From the equipment level standpoint, the carmaker will cut no corners and fit onto the Solaris 6 airbags, ABS, ESP, air conditioning, heated mirrors and an audio system with steering-wheel mounted controls.

Planning to sell some 85,000 units each year on the Russian market, the South Korean manufacturer priced the Solaris at 400,000 rubles ($12,900/ EUR10,160).

The new model is also intended for sale in other markets in which the carmaker operates, mostly emerging markets like India. Although most of the other features will pretty much remain the same (apart from the positioning of the driver seat and steering column), not much will change in terms of engineering.

Hyundai will however devise a new suspension, capable of coping with the particularities of the Indian roads. The pricing information for the Indian market is not yet available.
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