Hyundai has finally launched the facelift of its compact sedan, the Xcent, at a starting price of Rs 5.38 lakh. The prices go all the way up to Rs 8.41 lakh for the top-spec variants (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). It follows the facelift of its donor car, the Grand i10, launched in February this year. The 2017 Xcent gets redesigned front and rear profiles along with other additional features and the 1.2-litre diesel engine from the 2017 Grand i10.
The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine that powers the Xcent facelift is based on the previous 1.1-litre diesel engine. Under the Xcent’s hood, the updated diesel engine makes 75PS of maximum power and 190Nm of peak torque, which is 3PS and 10Nm more than before. The diesel engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Xcent continues to get the 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 83PS of maximum power and 114Nm of peak torque. It comes with an option of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. While the manual petrol variant has a claimed fuel efficiency of 20.14 kmpl, the automatic variant returns 17.36 kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel engine returns a mileage of 25.4 kmpl.
As far as aesthetic changes are concerned, the updated Xcent gets Hyundai’s new cascading grille, which made its debut on the Grand i10 facelift globally. In the Xcent, the grille features horizontal chrome slats, whereas the hatch comes with a mesh pattern. The Xcent gets a redesigned front bumper inspired from the upcoming Verna. It also features daytime running LEDs placed in the fog lamp housing. Instead of the diamond-cut alloy wheels of the pre-facelift model, the Xcent facelift gets silver-finished alloys. At the rear, it features split wraparound tail lamps, with a chrome strip adjoining them, and a new redesigned dual-tone rear bumper as well. The updated Xcent also gets a shark-fin antenna like the Verna and the Honda City.
In terms of features, the Xcent facelift gets a 7.0-inch infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Mirror Link connectivity. It also receive Hyundai’s Alternator Management System (AMS) tech, which charges the battery only during deceleration or when the engine has power to spare, saving fuel in the process. As for safety, dual-front airbags are now standard. The pre-facelift model offered driver airbag along with ABS as standard fitment.
Hyundai has also removed a lot of features in the new Xcent to make sure it remains a value for money car like earlier. The new base E variant of the new Xcent misses a lot features like full-wheel covers, blacked-out B-pillars, passenger-side vanity mirror, a digital clock, rear-seat armrest, a day/night IRVM and central locking as compared to the to the pre-facelift base variant. Also, while the height-adjustable driver seat has been removed from the S variant, the SX variant misses out on the automatic electrochromatic IRVM. Also, the SX (O) variant doesn’t get the ioniser for the climate control.
The Xcent was the third most selling compact sedan in the first quarter of 2017 after the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire and the Honda Amaze. Maruti is also likely to launch the third-generation Dzire soon. The Xcent also competes with the likes of the recently launched Tata Tigor and other compact sedans like the Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and the Tata Zest.