Hyundai finally entered the highly competitive sub-four-meter compact sedan segment with its Xcent, its 10th offering in Indian car market. The car has been aggressively priced at Rs 4.66 lakh ex-showroom Delhi for its base petrol variant and topping at Rs 7.38 lakh for top-end diesel version. The car will pose direct challenge to Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.

The Xcent is a world-class product developed for the Indian families. Developed with the best of Hyundai Motor’s world-class technologies, Xcent will create a new benchmark in terms of quality, design, features and driving pleasure,” said B S Seo, Managing Director & CEO, Hyundai Motor India (HMIL).

Xcent has been developed for the Indian market to cater to the needs of the evolving compact sedan segment buyers. The new car is available in two engine options – the 1.1 litre second generation U2 CRDi diesel and the 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol, the same as Grand i10. The diesel unit delivers 72PS@4000 rpm, 1PS more than Grand i10 of power and peak torque at 18.4kgm@1750-2500, while the petrol engine churns out 83PS@6000rpm of power and 11.6 kgm@4000 rpm of peak torque. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 24.4 kmpl (ARAI figure) for diesel and 19.1 kmpl for the petrol engine.

The new Xcent boosts of various new technologies like waste gate turbocharger with ECU control for better throttle response, tube type EGR cooler mounted on EGR in the diesel engine and low friction timing chain and oil seal and piston cooling jet in the petrol engine. Company offcials said that almost 90 percent localisation has been maintained in Xcent, similar to Grand i10.

Xcent has been launched in three variants – Base, S and SX. The Base version will come at Rs 4.66 lakh for the petrol and Rs 5.56 lakh for the diesel. The petrol S trim costs Rs 5.32 lakh, and the S (O) costs Rs 5.57 lakh, while the S diesel is priced at Rs 6.23 lakh and the S (O) diesel is priced at Rs 6.98 lakh. The Sx and Sx (O) petrol variant will be available at Rs 6.22 lakh and Rs 6.47 lakh respectively. The same variants in diesel will come at Rs 7.13 lakh and Rs 7.38 lakh.

Hyundai India has Eon, Santro Xing, i10, Grand i10, i20, Verna, Elantra, Santa Fe and Sonata.

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