Hyundai India have taken the wraps off the 2017 edition of the Xcent compact sedan, available from Rs 5.38 lakh. Following the launch of the updated Grand i10 hatchback, Hyundai have turned their attention to the Xcent sedan which is based on the same car. The new 2017 Xcent isn’t just a facelift either, it’s a global launch. It will be manufactured right here in India and exported to global markets. As with the Grand i10, it also comes with Hyundai’s new 1.2-litre three-pot diesel plant. This engine slots alongside the petrol engine of similar configurations. Power and torque figures are 75 PS and 190 Nm for the diesel and 83 PS and 114 Nm for the 1.2 petrol.
Other changes include new front and rear bumpers, the inclusion of LED daytime running lamps, a split tail-lamp unit at the rear, and that big patch of black cladding on the rear bumper that divided so much opinion on the Grand i10. On the inside, changes include a slightly tweaked interior which now packs a 7-inch touchscreen that sports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in addition to the usual USB and Aux inputs. However, the infotainment does without a sat-nav system.
In terms of safety, airbags are now standard on the Xcent, however, ABS is not. Price wise, the Xcent petrol range begins at Rs 5.38 lakh for the E variant, with the range-topping SX(O) carrying a Rs 7.52 lakh sticker. The diesel starts from Rs 6.28 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.42 lakh, all ex-showroom, Delhi. The competition in the compact sedan space is fierce as ever and, with this updated Xcent, Hyundai will hope to edge out their rivals in the race for market domination.
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