Snapshot: Ahead of the 2014 Indian Auto Expo all set to kick off tomorrow, Hyundai India has just unveiled the Xcent compact sedan, a car that is based on the Grand i10 platform. The Hyundai Xcent shares many of its parts with the Grand i10 hatchback including the engine and transmission bits. The car will go on sale from next month with bookings to commence in the next few days.
The Hyundai Xcent replaces the Hyundai Accent full-sized, entry-level C-Segment sedan in India. This also explains the uncanny resemblance of the Xcent moniker with the Accent nameplate. CarToq’s scoop last month hit the nail on the head regarding the name of the new compact sedan, albeit with a slight twist. Unlike the Accent full-size sedan, the Xcent is a sub-4 meter compact sedan.
The sub-4 meter length of the Xcent means that the car gets excise duty concessions that the Indian government doles out to cars measuring under 4 meters in length and with suitable engine displacements to boot. A car tailor made for the Indian market, the Xcent will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Tata Zest compact sedans in India.
The sub-4 meter compact sedan class, a segment unique to India, is truly coming of age here what with no less than 6 compact sedans (including the Indigo eCS and the upcoming 2015 Ford figo based sedan) vying for the Indian car buyer’s attention from 2015. Coming to the engines and transmissions on offer in the Hyundai Xcent compact sedan, the car gets both petrol and turbo diesel engine options with a 5 speed manual gearbox coming as standard on both engine options.
The 1.2 liter petrol powered model, which shares its 80 Bhp-114 Nm engine with the Grand i1o gets a 4 speed automatic gearbox as an option. The diesel engine is the 1.1 liter-3 cylinder U2 CRDI unit that outputs 69 Bhp of peak power and 160 Nm of peak torque. Given the Xcent’s extensive parts sharing with the Grand i10-based compact sedan, the car gets rear AC vents, keyless entry, electric boot release a cooled glove box, a 2 DIN CD player with 1 GB memory and USB support, and a push button start.
Additional features on the Xcent include rear parking camera and sensors, drop down rear armrest with cup holders, automatic climate control and 15 inch alloy wheels that fill up the wheel wells nicely. Hyundai claims a best-in-class boot space for the Xcent compact sedan. Prices of the Xcent will be announced soon. Top end variants of the Xcent will get ABS+EBD and Twin Airbags as standard safety features. With Hyundai taking aim at the Dzire and Amaze with the Xcent, expect sharp pricing as well.