In India, the 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift will take on the new Maruti Swift, Honda Amaze and upcoming Tata Tigor.
New Hyundai Xcent 2017 is the next model to roll out from the stables of Hyundai. Set for launch in April, the subcompact sedan will receive subtle cosmetic upgrades in line with feedback received from customers. There could be a new 1.2-liter diesel engine that is recently introduced on Xcent’s hatchback twin, Grand i10. First launched in 2015, Xcent opened to a good start. Currently, the subcompact sedan is more popular among fleet operators. The facelift which is underway is aimed at individual buyers, to compete with strong players in the segment – Maruti Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze.
The facelift version of Xcent has been caught testing across India several times giving inkling of cosmetic changes on the car. Besides sharing the 1.2-litre oil burner with Grand i10 facelfit, the subcompact sedan will also borrow some in-cabin features. The 1.2-litre petrol engine and the five-speed manual gearbox will be retained from the pre-facelift model.
The subcompact sedan segment has metamorphosed into a large space with new options launching every year. While some of the current models prepare to receive updates, the segment will witness launch of two new entrants- Tata Tigor and Chevrolet Beat Essentia in the coming months.
Hyundai India has not revealed the launch date yet, but reports in media opine that Xcent facelift will be launched in April this year.
|Minimum||Rs 5.60 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8.30 lakh|
With a new diesel engine, subtle styling updates and additional equipment, Xcent facelift is expected to get pricier. The current model is priced aggressively and we expect Hyundai will keep the pricing affordable. Coming this April to the showrooms, Xcent facelift price is expected to start from Rs 5.60 lakh and go up to Rs 8.30 lakh for the fully loaded top-spec variant. Read – New Hyundai Verna – All You Need To Know
|Petrol Engine||1.2L Kappa VTVT|
|Max Power||82bhp @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||114Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Diesel Engine||1.1L CRDi|
|Max Power||71bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Max Torque||180.4Nm @ 1750rpm – 2500rpm|
One of the most significant changes expected on the Xcent facelift is the new 1.2-litre diesel engine, replacing the current 1.1-litre U2 unit. The diesel engine was recently introduced on the Grand i10 facelift. In terms of power, the new engine makes 74bhp against 180Nm of torque. Petrol variants in the carline will continue using 1.2-litre mill. This engine is good for maximum power of 82bhp at 6000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Both the engines will use the conventional five-speed manual gearbox with forward wheel drivetrain. Read – Hyundai to Launch These New Cars in India
The petrol powered Xcent is expected to return 19kmpl and the diesel version, using the new 1.2-litre oil burner is estimated to deliver over 24kmpl.
Due to its popularity in the taxi segment, Xcent draws major part of its monthly sales from fleet operators. With an aim to lure individual buyers, Hyundai has made subtle cosmetic changes in line with feedback received from customers. In front, it will get a new design for the hexagonal grille, revised bumper, new chin and new fog lamps. Reminisce of Grand i10 facelift will be visible on the lower bumper. The side profile in unlikely to get any major update while most of the changes will be made round the back. It will receive newly designed tail-lamps, revised bumper, boot lid, fenders and muscular lines.
Updates to the cabin will include subtle styling updates and new in-cabin tech. A 7-inch touchscreen display with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be placed inside. New trim shades and seat covers will induce a sense of freshness. Other convenience & safety tech such as push button start/stop, keyless entry, 1GS internal memory, Bluetooth connectivity, multi-functional steering wheel, ABS, dual airbags, reverse parking camera and reverse parking sensors will be packed offered on the Xcent facelift.
Besides subtle cosmetic updates, the 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift will see a range of new features, and a new 74bhp, 1.2-litre diesel engine. The new model, however, will continue to come with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine.