Hyundai introduced the Xcent compact sedan in February 2014 and is set to receive a mid-cycle refresh and is said to be a major facelift in that will make its launch in 2018. Currently, where Hyundai sells around 2,942 units every month, out of which around 30 percent of the sales go to taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber. With the Hyundai Xcent facelift, the company wants to lure more of the private car buyers.
Exterior wise, the new Xcent will get some changes at the front end borrowed from the European-spec Grand i10 that made its launch just a few months ago at the 2016 Paris motor show. In India, it will be launched with similar front styling with the new cascading grille and a redesigned front bumper along with headlamps and fog lamps. While the newly designed front can be seen in the upcoming Hyundai Grand i10 facelift. According to a source, the rear of the Xcent will be reworked to make look car more bigger. As per the customer feedback, the tail lamps were pointed out to be too small and the company is redesigning the rear styling, giving it a bold appearance from the rear as well. Inside, the car will be added with a few tweaks like the top of the line variant will get a touchscreen infotainment system, along with audio-video navigation.
Under the hood, the facelifted Xcent derive its power from the same set of powertrain to keep a check on the cost. The Petrol variant will be a 1.2-litre Kappa dual VTVT petrol engine that is capable enough to produce 82 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque. The unit comes paired with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission gearbox, while the diesel unit is a 1.1-litre U2 CRDi engine that makes power of 71 bhp and 180 Nm of max torque, and comes connected to a 5-speed manual transmission system.
Hyundai Xcent facelift is expected to make its launch in 2018 and once launched, it will pounce on fresh competition like the upcoming Tata Kite 5 and Chevrolet Beat Essentia.