Hyundai to launch new Xcent today: Five things about the updated compact sedan
The 2017 Hyundai Xcent will get the face of the new Grand i10, but the rear will get more changes. A new diesel engine is also expected in the new compact sedan.autos Updated: Apr 20, 2017 11:01 IST
Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) is all set to launch a facelift of its compact sedan Xcent on Thursday.
From images and details that have already surfaced on blogs and websites, the 2017 Xcent will get updates similar to what the new Grand i10 received.
These images from the automotive news portal www.team-bhp.com show the 2017 Xcent getting a sharper edges on the grille. The boot lid gets a better wrapped taillamps too.
Here are five more things to know about the updated Hyundai Xcent:
1) On the facade, the honeycomb mesh of the grille is replaced by single hexagonal grille with horizontal chrome slats. The grille’s got sharper corners and is chrome-lined.
The rear gets fluidic tail lamps, part of which is on the boot lid. the chrome slat connects the two tail lamps.
2) Under the bonnet, the petrol motor of Xcent will most likely remain the same – 1.2-litre generating 82PS @ 6000 rpm and 114 Nm torque @ 4000 rpm, when mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox.
However, Hyundai is expected to upgrade the diesel mill from the present 71PS, 1.1-litre engine to a bigger 1.2-litre one that churns out 76PS of power.
3) Details surfacing on Twitter also suggest the new Xcent will have a 7-inch audio-video and navigation console, shark-fin antenna, LED daytime-running-lamps at the fog lamp socket only in the top two trims-- SX and SX(O). A smartphone docking point, similar to what the Ford Figo Aspire Sports version received last week, is also expected to find a place on the dashboard.
4) Hyundai would be thinking twice before putting a price tag on this one, mainly for two reasons.
One: Hyundai has tried to be relatively premium brand as compared to Maruti Suzuki or Tata Motors, but the Xcent occupies a large share of the Ola, Uber and other commercial fleets across the country. Invariably with time, the brand perception associated with a product changes, as what happened to the Tata Indica and the Toyota Etios. So making the product premium yet affordable will be a double-edged sword.
Two: The recently launched Tata Tigor has created quite a flutter among buyers of the compact sedan segment, where the Xcent lies. There are also rumours of an updated Maruti Suzuki DZire coming later this year, which is the leader of the segment. Tata Tigor was smartly priced at Rs 4.7 lakh, while the segment average price is Rs 5.30 - 5.40 lakh. So the Xcent will have to be priced with a broader picture in view.
5) The base model price of the 2017 Grand i10 was lower than that of the outgoing model, but the new top-end variant became costlier than the older one. If Hyundai repeats it with the compact sedan, the 2017 Xcent may start at a price of around Rs 5.20 lakh instead of the existing Rs 5.40 lakh.
Stay tuned for updates from the launch of the 2017 Hyundai Xcent on Twitter @httweets with #HTAuto
First Published: Apr 20, 2017 10:58 IST