Hyundai’s Xcent has been one of the hits in the sub 4 meter sedan space, running next only to Maruti Suzuki’s Swift DZire. Now, to give the Xcent a sales boost, Hyundai will launch the face lifted Xcent this month, ahead of the launch of the new DZire. A lot of what the Xcent will offer will be based on the revisions offered on the newly updated Grand i10.
On the outside the big change will be at the rear, as the Xcent looked a bit uncomfortable from this angle. Numerous changes, including new Audi-esque tail lamps, aim to make the Xcent a lot more attractive even from this viewpoint. At the front the Xcent will carry over the revised hexagonal grille and LED DRLs. You can assume new alloys to be offered as well.
Clearly, the new 1.2-litre diesel engine that powers the Grand i-10 diesel will also find its way into the Xcent. This engine is a marked development over the previous 1.1 liter unit in terms of refinement and drivability. In the Grand, the diesel offers 75 PS of power and 190 Nm of torque. While we do not expect any important change in these numbers, the engine is said to have been tweaked further to suit the compact sedan. You can expect the 1.2-litre petrol engine to be carried over unaffected. This engine offers 82 PS of power and 114-Nm of torque. There will be manual and automatic gear-boxes on offer.
Hyundai will offer a tweaked suspension setup which should tackle bumps and potholes healthier as well. That aside, you can assume the Xcent to carry over the 7” touchscreen infotainment system from the Grand i-10 as well. Tata’s new Tigor has already raised hopes in the segment and Maruti Suzuki’s all new Swift DZire is also expected to make its way to showrooms shortly.
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Nonetheless, we guess the Xcent to become a stronger package because of better features, aesthetics and an improved driving experience. Expect only a slight revision in prices to tackle the gradually competitive compact sedan segment.