Hyundai launched the Xcent in 2014, and since then the car has remained unchanged, while some of the competitors have made significant changes. Now though, the carmaker is planning to launch the Hyundai Xcent facelift in the Indian market in 2017. The new model will get changes in the form of new exterior design and minor interior updates. When launched, the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire and Honda Amaze rival is expected to be priced between Rs 5.50 lakh to Rs 8.30 lakh, ex-showroom.
The Hyundai Xcent facelift will be based on the new Grand i10, which was recently launched at the Paris Motor Show. The Xcent facelift will receive a new hexagonal front grille, reworked headlamps, bumpers as well as fog lamps. The rear section, which was not able to gain popularity, will also be redesigned to make it look appealing. The design changes will also aim to give the Xcent a wider look at the rear, creating the impression of a larger car. Other changes at the rear will include a newly developed tailgate, fender and newly-designed alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, the compact sedan will get a revised dashboard but will be similar to the one available in the current model. The new infotainment system with a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto connectivity and navigation will be available on higher trims. Like some other Hyundai models, the Xcent facelift will also get a cooled glove box compartment. The safety equipment will include front dual airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), adjustable and retractable outside rear view mirrors and rear parking sensors.
Under the hood, the Hyundai Xcent facelift will be powered by the same 1.2 litre Kappa petrol and a 1.1 litre diesel engine, although they could be tuned for better drivability and efficiency. The petrol engine produces 81 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm of peak torque, paired to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel motor, on the other hand, generates 69 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 180 Nm of torque between 1,500~2,750 rpm of peak torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Source: Autocar India
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