The second generation Hyundai Xcent will go on sale in the second half of 2020
Hyundai has recently launched the Venue compact SUV, which has been receiving excellent response from buyers. The company is gearing up for the launch of the Kona electric vehicle in India on July 19, 2019. The Korean automaker is also preparing the next generation models of Creta, Grand i10, Elite i20 and the Xcent sub-4 meter sedan.
The company will launch the second generation Xcent compact sedan in the country in 2020. It is expected that the sedan will go on sale in the second half of 2020. The sub-4 meter sedan will receive evolutionary design changes and is likely to have a more sedan-like profile. The current car looks like a Grand i10 with extended boot, which failed to generate volumes for the automaker.
With the next-gen Xcent, Hyundai will aim to grab the space to be created by Dzire diesel. Maruti will phase out the diesel variant of the Dzire post April 2020. The company is currently selling 1.2 lakh units of Dzire diesel a year, and Hyundai is aiming to tap these buyers. The second generation Hyundai Xcent will be available with BS6 compliant 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engine.
The 2020 Hyundai Xcent will be based on the new Santro’s platform, which will also underpin the new-gen Grand i10 hatchback. The new model will be compliant with the upcoming safety and crash test norms. Testing of the new model is yet to be started, but it is likely to share the styling cues with the upcoming Grand i10. The sub-4 meter sedan is expected to source the interior from the new Venue compact SUV. It will get a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with other connectivity system.
The second generation Hyundai Xcent could also receive the company’s new BLue Link connectivity solution, which was recently introduced in the new Venue compact SUV. The new model will challenge the likes of Honda Amaze, Maruti Dzire and Ford Aspire. It is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 5.85 lakh to Rs 9 lakh.