Korean carmaker Hyundai is tomorrow going to launch its much awaited, sub-4 metre 'Xcent' aka Grand i10 sedan, at an on-going event in the national capital. Pricing will be revealed tomorrow, the new sub-four meter is pitted against the recently launched Honda Amaze and the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Dzire.
Basically, Hyundai Xcent compact sedan is more-or-less a ‘boot-ed’ version of the Grand i10 hatchback similar to what the Dzire is to the Swift and the Amaze is to the Brio. And most of us are aware of the fact that the new Hyundai Xcent measures less than four metres in length, which enables it to benefit from relaxations in excise duty provided by the Government of India.
Like any other Hyundai in the Indian market, Xcent offers class-leading features, which already made the Grand i10 so popular (push button start, keyless entry, one GB of internal memory for audio system, steering mounted audio controls, rear AC vents, OVRM's, ABS, Dual airbags, rear defogger etc). Hyundai has added three additional features on the Xcent- a rear seat arm rest (with cup holders), climate control AC and a reversing parking camera.
Powering the Xcent is same sent of engines that power the Grand i10 hatchback, which means that the car gets a 1.2-liter Kappa 2 four cylinder petrol engine and a 1.1 litre U2 three cylinder oil burner. Both these units are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, with the petrol motor also getting an automatic transmission.
Interestingly in anticipation of the Xcent, Maruti recently launched a feature loaded version of the Dzire LDi, christened the LDiX.