Hyundai has started testing its compact sedan – the second-generation Xcent in Europe, where this model is still due to get a new makeover from quite some time. The car will not only come with a new design, but it is expected to get a new moniker as well. Dropping the name, Xcent comes as in the image of a taxi that the model has faced since its launch in the Indian market.
And it is this image that is holding back the passenger car buyers to move forward towards the Xcent giving a sales drop. Around 50 percent of the sales of Hyundai Xcent are in the cabs or fleet. That apart, Hyundai would also upgrade the current Xcent model for the taxi to keep it updated for the fleet market.
Going by the spy shot, the second generation Hyundai Xcent would boast of signature cascading grille with honeycomb inserts, which is wider as well as taller than the existing model. The edges of the grille get two boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights and the air dams are triangular in shape with fog lamps stacked in it, which is somewhat similar to the upcoming Elantra facelift. However, the headlamp seems the same as the ones on the current model. As per the reports, the top-end model is likely to be offered with LED projector headlamps.
Inside, the new Xcent will share its interior bits from the upcoming Grand i10 and the new version will also come packed with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and company’s BlueLink connected car solution as well as the steering wheel same as seen on the Venue sub-4 metre compact SUV. As per reports, the new Xcent would also boast of quality material along with different seat colour options.
Mechanically, the second-generation Hyundai Xcent will come with BS VI compliant 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and 1.2-litre U2 diesel unit. While the changes reserved for the transmission is that an AMT unit would be offered on the petrol version, replacing the existing Xcent’s 4-speed automatic, to lean the price along with better fuel efficiency. In India, the Hyundai Xcent competes with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Tata Tigor and the Ford Aspire.