Hyundai has finally lifted off the covers from its Grand i10 based sedan, the Xcent. The Xcent is a sub 4-meter sedan, to avail of excise benefits and to cash in on the expanding market for such vehicles. The name sounds similar to Hyundai`s first sedan in India, the very successful Accent.
The front of the Xcent is similar to the Grand i10 hatch and it is only at the back where changes take place. The boot looks stubby but is very Hyundai-ish with the spoiler tip and the license plate cut on the boot lid. The tail lights are different from the hatch unlike its competitors like the MS dZire and the Toyota Etios.
For safety, you get Dual airbags, parking assist, ABS and a rear defogger. On the inside a premium looking dashboard welcomes you. The Xcent features dual tone bright interiors with the obvious colors, black and white. The plastic is also of a higher grade in the car. For storing all the nit-bits, the car has multiple storage options in the door trim and the center console. The seats are designed for comfort which means they have better cushioning. Hyundai has taken good care of the rear passenger with a drop down armrest and rear AC vents.
Hyundai has taken immense amount of time to design the car in such a way that both the front and the rear passengers get loads of leg room and head room. The center console features a 2-DIN audio system with 1 GB of memory and USB connectivity. Some premium features include powered ORVMs, cooled glove-box, steering mounted controls, rear armrest cup holder and electric boot opening system.
The donor vehicle, Grand i10 is a successful car from Hyundai with more than 50,000 sold since its launch last year. The company claims to have achieved 90% localisation on the Xcent. The price of the car will be revealed next month and expect the vehicle on Indian roads in the latter half of 2014 around the festive season.