Hyundai India has just unveiled the Aura compact sedan, a car that will sit above the Xcent in terms of positioning but well below the Verna. Prices are yet to be announced and Hyundai has stated that the car’s official launch will happen in early 2020. A sub-4 meter offering, the Hyundai Aura will take on the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Aspire and the Tata Tigor in India’s hotly competitive compact sedan segment. The Aura is essentially the compact sedan version of the Grand i10 NIOS B-Segment hatchback, and the front end of the car looks very similar to the NIOS. At the rear though, the boot integration makes the Aura look quite distinct from the Grand i10 NIOS.
The compact sedan gets three engine options, all of them Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) compliant. The petrol engines include a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated unit with 82 Bhp-114 Nm and a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged unit with 98.6 Bhp-172 Nm. The diesel engine is a newly developed 1.2 liter-3 cylinder unit with 75 Bhp-190 Nm on tap.
All engines get 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard. The 1.2 liter petrol and diesel motors get 5 speed automated manual transmission (AMT) options. These engines are likely to be offered on the Grand i10 NIOS from early next year. Notably, the Aura is the first Hyundai car to get BS6 compliant.
Coming to the other aspects of the Hyundai Aura, the compact sedan is 3,995 mm long, 1,680 mm tall, 1,520 mm wide and gets a 2,450 mm wheelbase. The car gets a slew of features like most Hyundais. There’s wireless charging, a digital instrument cluster with multi-information display, an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Arkamys audio for the sound system and a rear view monitor for real time display of what’s happening behind the car. In terms of space on the inside, Hyundai claims that the Aura will offer 1,050 mm of legroom at the front. 885 mm of legroom at the rear and a boot that has a capacity of 402 liters.
The Hyundai Aura will co-exist with the Xcent, which is also likely to get the naturally aspirated petrol and turbocharged diesel engines from the new car. The Xcent is likely to become a cab-only offering under Hyundai’s Prime (taxi specific) range. A specific announcement about when the Xcent will be replaced in the private car buyer market with the Aura is yet to come. We expect this transition to happen as soon as the Aura is officially launched in early 2020.