Hyundai has removed the wraps of its new Reina sedan in China. We had earlier reported that Hyundai wants to be a more serious player in the Chinese market. In line with its goal, the Korean car maker has launched the Reina sedan which is the heavily revised version of the current generation Hyundai Verna which is currently on sale in India, going by the codename RB.
The new Hyundai Reina sedan carries new and updated styling which agrees with the Korean company’s latest design language Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. What this means is that the Reina sedan’s front fascia is more in line with the newer Hyundais such as the current generation Elantra and the soon to launched next generation Verna. The all new Verna is yet to make it to the Indian shores.
At the face, the Hyundai Reina gets a large hexagonal grille with large headlamps which sweep back into the fenders sharply. The front bumper too features subtle creases and carries large, triangular fog lamps. The side profile is very similar to the current generation Verna which features the older fluidic design language. We would not be surprised if you mistake the rear of the Hyundai Reina with that of the pre-facelift Hyundai Xcent sedan that is currently on sale in India. Hyundai has added subtle variations like larger tail lights and a blank boot hosting only the Hyundai logo with the number plate taking shelter in the sculpted rear bumpers.
The inside of the Hyundai Reina sedan is expected to carry a similar, if not the same, dashboard layout of the current generation Verna sedan with subtle touches. Hyundai might throw in a bigger touch screen infotainment system to keep up with the current trend. Hyundai has announced that only one engine option will be available- that of a 1.4 liter petrol motor good for 95 bhp. Transmission options are speculated to include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque convertor auto.
While we don’t think Hyundai is going to launch the Reina sedan in India, Hyundai has a habit of selling heavily restyled older models in the Chinese market. This is to attract the Chinese buyers to upgrade to a bigger sedan at a competitive price and eventually gain a better foothold in the Chinese market which the Korean car maker is finding difficult to crack open.