The Hyundai Xcent was launched in India in March 2014. With the recent launches of midsize sedans from other manufacturers, Hyundai did not want to be left out in this segment. With the Xcent, Hyundai has entered this segment and is giving a stiff competition to the likes of Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire.
Xcent takes over from its predecessor as Hyundai’s new entry-level sedan. The New Hyundai Xcent is based on the Grand i10 hatch and the front is identical to that of the Grand i10 other than the thin chrome surround on the air dam. The Xcent has a contemporary design with pull-type chrome door handles, a blackened B-Pillar, pulled back headlamps, chrome ringed fog lamps, and a large hexagonal grille with a chrome surround. The other features include ORVMs with integrated blinkers, black molding at the bottom of the doors, and wrap around tail lamps. Hyundai has performed a decent job of integrating the boot which is 407 L. The electric boot release button is found under the logo at the rear. Hyundai has toned down the fluidic styling.
The interiors of the Xcent have best-in-class fit and finish and wear a colour combination of black and beige. The feature list also has a couple of segment-firsts. The top SX (O) trim is equipped with dual airbags, ABS, reverse mirror, reverse parking sensors, electrically folding mirrors, gearshift suggestion tool, rear air-con, cooled glove box and 1 GB of on-board memory for your MP3s. Headroom is generous and under-thigh and lateral support are satisfactory.
The higher variant have 15” alloys running on 175/60 R15 rubber which is an 8 spoke rim diamond cut one. Lesser trims get 14″ alloys running on thin 165/65 R14 patch rubber.
The Hyundai Xcent is available with petrol and diesel options.
The diesel unit is a three-cylinder 1.1 L U2 CRDi engine with a maximum power of 71 bhp @ 4000 rpm and peak torque of 180 Nm @ 1750 rpm and is mated to 5-speed manual transmission system. The U2 CRDi engine on the Xcent has been tweaked around to offer more power and torque. This includes an electronically controlled turbocharger which makes it much more precise and increases the overall torque by 13%. The power delivery is extremely linear, the acceleration smooth, and the engine noise absolutely cut out from inside the cabin.
The 4-cylinder 1.2 L Kappa dual VTVT petrol engine has a displacement capacity of 1197cc and generates 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm and has 114 Nm of peak torque @ 4000 rpm and mated with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
The Xcent comes in the price range of Rs. 4.65 to 7.38 lakh.
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