Hyundai India is expected to soon come up with a new CNG version of the Xcent Prime compact sedan in September this year. The CNG kit will come factory-fitted and will be available with the petrol variant only.
The sub-compact Sedan, Hyundai Xcent was first launched at the 2014 Auto Expo and garnered a moderate scale of 3,000 to 4,000 units per month. Later, the company shifted the model under Prime nameplate in the Taxi segment as Xcent Prime and now the reports of it getting a CNG variant in the petrol unit is creating a buzz among people.
The Indian-spec variant will feature a Dual ECU Dynamic Sequential Technology, which consists of separate injectors to ensure optimal gas flow to the gearbox for lag-free performance. This special technology also helps in case you run out of fuel by switching over to the petrol from CNG and vice versa.
The petrol variant of the Hyundai Xcent Prime (taxi version) sports a 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT engine, which churns out a maximum power output of 81 bhp against a peak torque of 114 Nm. On the other side, the diesel unit features a 1.2-litre U2 CRDi engine, which develops a maximum power output of 74bhp and a peak torque of 190 Nm. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The petrol variant of the CNG model is currently priced in the range of Rs. 5.45 lakh to Rs. 7.21 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the introduction of the new model, the compact sedan is estimated to be priced between the range of Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom). Hyundai is looking to dominate the taxi segment with the new upgradations and in that process, it will get a stiff competition from the likes of Swift Dzire Tour and Toyota Etios. Moreover, Hyundai will offer a warranty period of two years on the latest model.