2020 Hyundai Xcent: Everything That's New On The Compact Sedan

This will be the first major update to the sedan since its debut in India in 2014


Note: Current-gen Xcent used for representational purpose.

Hyundai Motor India is all set to introduce the first major update to the Xcent sedan since its 2014 launch in the country. Various prototypes of the compact sedan have already been spied testing on public roads, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect. The next-gen Xcent sedan is expected to make its debut in a BS6-compliant avatar at the Auto Expo 2020 with an India launch soon after. What will differentiate it from its primary rival, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, is that the Xcent is expected to continue selling in both petrol and diesel guises. Spy shots suggest that the Xcent will get the new Hyundai house style elements for its exterior. The new Xcent is also likely to be very similar to the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios hatchback in terms of equipment and interior trims. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming sedan:




The spy shots reveal that the 2020 Xcent's design will be an evolution with the basic silhouette nearly the same as its predecessor. Exterior changes are likely to include a bigger cascading front grille with honeycomb inserts, sharper projector headlamps and LED taillamps. It may also feature repositioning of the number plate lower on the rear bumper like the Ford Aspire. 

While the interior spy shots show everything covered under camouflage, we can deduce that the India-bound Xcent’s interiors will be as premium as the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and very similar to the latter. It could share bits such as the blacked-out dashboard, steering wheel, and turbine-like air vents with its hatchback sibling. Other additions could include leather upholstery and adjustable head restraints for the rear bench. 



Inside, the Xcent is expected to feature the floating infotainment system seen in the Venue with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, expect Blue Link connected car technology from the Hyundai Venue among other additions.



Under the hood, the 2020 Xcent is expected to retain the 1.2-litre diesel and petrol engines from its predecessor, albeit with a host of upgrades to meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms. The current petrol engine puts out 83PS and 114Nm of torque, whereas the diesel develops 75PS and 190Nm. While both current engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, expect Hyundai to replace the 4-speed torque converter automatic in the petrol in favour of the 5-speed AMT from the Santro as AMTs are more cost-efficient. 



The current-gen Xcent is priced from Rs 5.81 lakh to Rs 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Expect its next iteration to come at a premium owing to updates as well as BS6 conversion. 



Once launched in India, expect the Xcent sedan to take on the likes of the Ford Aspire, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze.

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