South Korean car maker Hyundai could launch the Xcent compact sedan in India as early as next week. The Xcent is a sub-4 meter car that will square off with the likes of the Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze and the upcoming Tata Zest compact sedans. The Xcent is based on the Hyundai Grand i10 B+ segmenter, a car that was launched last year as a successor to the hugely successful i10 B-Segment hatchback.
Apart from the addition of a boot and a few other features, the Xcent is pretty much a sedan version of the Hyundai Grand i10. In India, the Xcent replaces the Hyundai Accent entry level sedan, and this explains the similarity in nomenclature of the new car and the now-discontinued Accent. The Xcent will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engines. The 1.2 liter-4 cylinder Kappa petrol engine with VTVT variable valve technology and the 1.1 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel engine will be offered on the Xcent.
The 1.2 liter petrol motor outputs 80 Bhp-112 Nm while the 1.1 liter diesel motor churns out 69 Bhp-160 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard on both these engine options while a 4 speed automatic gearbox will be offered as an option on the petrol engined variants of the compact sedan. While the 1.2 liter Kappa petrol motor has been doing duty on the i10 and i20 hatchbacks for many years, the 1.1-3 pot CRDI diesel motor was first introduced last year, on the Grand i10 hatchback.
The Xcent will get a slew of features that make it stand out from its direct competition. Rear AC vents, a larger boot, automatic climate control, push button start with keyless entry, a cooled glove box, auto folding wing mirrors and 1 GB storage on the 2 DIN music system are a few such differentiating features on the Xcent. Top end variants of the car will get twin airbags and ABS+EBD as standard safety features. Prices of the Hyundai Xcent are likely to range between 5 to 7.5 lakh rupees.
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