Hyundai has launched the all-new Grand i10 in the Indian market a few days back. The all-new hatchback will not form the base for the all-new Xcent, which has already been spied testing on the Indian roads under heavy camouflage. The Xcent is quite popular in the Indian market and takes on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and the likes. It is currently the second-best selling vehicle in the segment. However, since its main competitor, the Dzire received a full model change in 2017, no major changes have been done to the Xcent.
The current-generation Xcent was launched in the market when the sub-4m compact sedans started picking up steam in the market. Just like many other manufacturers, Hyundai based the Xcent on the hatchback Grand i10 and launched the product. The second-generation of the Xcent is expected to be different. Since the first-generation Xcent does not gets a different design, the promotions of the sedan remains skewed. With the second-generation Xcent, this will change.
The all-new Xcent will be designed from the grounds-up and will offer a better overall proportions. The car has already been spotted testing on the Indian roads under a heavy camouflaged. To add a sedan-like streamlined look, the height of the car is likely to go down. However, the front-end design will be heavily inspired by the Grand i10 NIOS, which follows the Hyundai’s latest design philosophy.
Just like the Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS, the second-generation Xcent will get a sharp looking cascade grille at the front. The vehicle will also offer sleek headlamps, which are likely to be projector LED lamps. In the bumper, LED projectors will be positioned for better illumination. Hyundai first offered the projector fog lamps with the Venue and recently, the Grand i10 received a similar update. The cascade grille is also likely to incorporate the LED DRL, which will look similar to the Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS. Further, we may also get to see newly designed alloy wheels. At the rear, new sleeker tail lamps will ensure an all around update for the car.
The cabin is expected to become more premium and will draw inspiration from the Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS. There will be a new dashboard with an updated floating-type instrument cluster, a new steering wheel, cooled glove box, and features like wireless phone charging.
The second-generation Hyundai Xcent will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo, which is scheduled to happen in February 2020. Engine-wise, the vehicle will get the same options like the Grand i10. Hyundai has already announced that all their products will comply with the BS6 norms in the future. We can definitely expect the BS6 versions of the engines to power the next-generation Xcent. Also, the all-new Xcent will get the AMT automatic transmission as an option.