The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios-based sedan, which will be an Xcent replacement, was recently spotted on test in India for the very first time. Wrapped heavily under the camouflage, the car shows its typical 3 box silhouette which is expected to make it the most proportionate compact sedan in the market space.
Hyundai is currently the second-largest car manufacturer in our country and has a product in most of the mainstream segments of the market. While it is preparing for its 3rd consecutive launch this year with Grand i10 Nios, Hyundai is also conducting the final test runs of its compact sedan that is based on the Grand i10 Nios itself. Recently, the car was spotted on test on the public roads of the country.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios-based sedan, which will be a replacement for the slow-selling Xcent, has been spotted on test on Indian soil.
While the next-gen Hyundai Xcent is covered under heavy camo, its sub-4-metre three-box layout is quite apparent. At the rear, the car wears wraparound LED tail lamps, while even the bumper is new. The Grand i10 Nios-based compact sedan will hold several improvements over the current-gen Xcent. Upfront, the car will wear the latest iteration of the company's cascading grille, which is bigger, wider and in line with the company’s new design language that can be seen on the upcoming Elantra facelift and the Grand i10 Nios. The picture reveals that the car will sport two boomerangs shaped LED DRLs on each side of the cascading grille in the same pattern as seen on the recently unveiled Grand i10 Nios. The front-end is expected to look more in convergence with the Grand i10 Nios with those sleek and stylish wraparound headlamps with a slightly different projector housing.
The side profile hints on a longer wheelbase than its hatchback counterpart.
In the side profile, the sedan counterpart does appear to be longer with a larger wheelbase than the hatchback it is based on. This should help it with offering some additional rear legroom to the occupants. The car is expected to come with the same engine and gearbox options as the Nios with options of 1.2-litre petrol and diesel mill in the BS6 compliant configuration with transmission options include a 5-speed manual and AMT units.
On the inside though, the car will most likely come with an identical dashboard design pattern as its hatchback sibling, with a slight tweak of colour trim to give it an upmarket feel. The already long features list of the Nios will see an integration of features, like wireless charging, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. There are possibilities of Hyundai loading it up with its latest Blue Link connected car technology. The highlight of the sedan over the hatchback will still be the rear seat space and comfort, while a rear seat armrest will also be offered in the higher trims.
The front fascia of the next-gen Hyundai Xcent wears the latest iteration of Hyundai's cascading grille with boomerang-shaped LED DRLs.
As the Hyundai Xcent on sale right now is popular around the cab aggregators for its space and reliability quotient, Hyundai could drop the Xcent tag for the next-gen model to give the car different product placement in the lineup. With an expected market launch in the first quarter of next year, this Hyundai will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor and upcoming LBA compact sedan from Renault in the coming years.