The 2020 Xcent will join the new Grand i10, New Elite i20 and New Hyundai Crete in an attempt to renew the entire line of Hyundai in the Indian market
Hyundai is going full steam ahead to revamp the product portfolio both globally and in India. Together with the third-generation Elite i20, Hyundai is also testing the second generation Xcent compact sedan, which was tested for the first time internationally. The all-new model will be launched in India somewhere next year and may leave the Xcent name to end the image of the fleet.
Spy shots reveal a similar sub-4m profile, but with style changes throughout. At the front, the new Xcent gets Hyundai's "cascade grille", which is taller and wider and has honeycomb inserts. The redesigned bumpers with wide jaws and a separate intake, vertically placed fog headlight inserts, LED daytime running boomerang lights, all make it look different from the output mode.
Beside it has the similar silhouette of three boxes squeezed into a compact body, giving it a not so balanced appearance. The rear receives large wraparound lights with LED elements that extend to the boot lid. As the i20 Elite under test, Xcent will carry forward the design trend Sonata and Elantra.
Inside the cab, Xcent will have a similar layout to the Grand i10, but with Venue elements including an 8-inch floating touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and also Hyundai BlueLink connected car technology. There will be more features, security technology and cutting options available. The space inside the cabin is already decent and Hyundai can add more legroom.
Under the hood, Hyundai will add a new 1.2-liter gasoline kappa engine compatible with BS-VI and a 1.2-liter U2 diesel engine. The output is likely to remain the same while the gearbox options may change. Wait for an AMT with the gasoline variant replacing the current model's 4-speed torque converter.
Once launched, the Hyundai Xcent will continue to compete against arch-rival Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze along with the Ford Aspire and soon the Tata Tigor facelift will be launched.