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All new Hyundai Xcent launched at Rs 5.38 lakh: All you need to know

The 2017 Hyundai Xcent gets the face of the new Grand i10, but the rear will get more changes. A new diesel engine has also come in the new compact sedan.

autos Updated: May 27, 2017 10:56 IST
Gulshankumar Wankar
Hyundai Xcent launched
Hyundai India CEO YK Koo launches the all new Xcent in New Delhi on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) launch a facelift of its compact sedan Xcent, starting at Rs 5.38 lakh (petrol) and Rs 6.28 lakh (diesel) on Thursday.

The 2017 Xcent gets a lot of segment-first features like a seven-inch touchscreen and sharkfin antenna, besides a a new bigger diesel engine.

The new compact sedan has been redesigned much in line with Hyundai’s Fluidic Design philosophy.

It gets a hexagonal chrome-edged grille with Cascade horizontal chrome slats replacing the honeycomb mesh. The sculpted face gets LED daytime-running-lamps at the fog lamp socket only in the top two trims-- SX and SX(O).

The 407-litre boot lid gets a triangular tail-lamps wrapped around and connected with a chrome slat running across the lid.

Under the bonnet, the petrol motor of Xcent remains the same – 1.2-litre generating 83PS @ 6000 rpm and 114 Nm torque @ 4000 rpm, when mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox.

As expected, Hyundai has upgraded the diesel mill from the 71PS, 1.1-litre engine to a bigger 1.2-litre one that churns out 75PS of power.

On the inside, the new Xcent gets a 7-inch touchscreen entertainment and navigation console which can be connected via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as MirrorLink connectivity. A smartphone docking point, similar to what the Ford Figo Aspire Sports version received last week, has also found its way on the dash.

Hyundai Xcent falls in the very competitive compact sedan segment, where the average prices are between Rs 5.30 lakh and Rs 5.40 lakh. The segment sees competition from the new Tata Tigor Styleback, MS Suzuki DZire, Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire.

Hyundai has sold more than 2.5 lakh units of the new Xcent, of which around 7% went to commercial vehicle-owners like fleet-operators and cab owners. To prevent the downgrading of “the family sedan” as a taxi, “Hyundai will continue to sell the old Xcent as Xcent Prime,” Rakesh Srivastava, director of marketing and sales, said.

Hyundai will badge all its cars for the commercial purpose as Prime to differentiate them from the domestic purpose vehicles. The company also announced an investment of Rs 5,000 in India over the next four years.