Hyundai India has silently pulled down the Xcent from its official website, thus fueling the speculations that the Hyundai Xcent has been discontinued in India.
Late last year, Hyundai introduced the successor to the Xcent sedan in the form of the Hyundai Aura that has garnered quite a share of success since its launch. Seeing the immense popularity of the Xcent, Hyundai decided to sell the new Aura alongside its elder offering. However, Hyundai finally pulled the plug on the Maruti Dzire-rivalling last-gen i10-based sedan.
All that could mean the carmaker may take the Xcent off its shelves from Indian portfolio but we’re yet to receive any official confirmation from the company for the same, still. The Hyundai Xcent has been one of the most popular compact sedans in the Indian market. It was powered by a 1.2-lite petrol engine that develops 82 BHP/ 114 Nm and a 1.2-litre diesel mill good for 74 BHP/ 190 Nm of torque. Both these mills are derived from the Hyundai i10 and came paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.
As per the reports, the commercial version of the Xcent named the Xcent Prime is still available in the fleet market. The Hyundai Xcent Prime is powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine option as the regular car but comes with a factory-fitted CNG kit as well. Also, in order to keep the Xcent Prime compliant with the new norms, Hyundai has equipped the car with an electronic speed limit of 80 km/h.
Having said, the discontinuation of the Hyundai Xcent would pave the wider way for the Hyundai Aura to garner a larger set of customers in the Indian space. It’s worth noting that the Hyundai Aura comes with some improvements as compared the Xcent. While both cars sit in the same length and height of 3,995 and 1,520 mm, respectively, the Aura’s wheelbase is longer than that of the Xcent by 25,000, thereby translating into a slightly larger cabin.
Also, the Hyundai Aura comes with a wider range of engines, including a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.2-litre diesel motor sourced from the Nios with the former being available with a CNG mode along with a detuned version of the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the popular Hyundai Venue. Like the Xcent, the Hyundai Aura continues the competition with the likes of Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Tata Tigor and Ford Aspire.