Hyundai India recently launched the facelift version of their subcompact sedan Xcent in the country at a starting price of Rs.5.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Xcent was first introduced in 2014 based on the design of Grand i10, but this time it gets a proper facelift with a host of changes compared to the existing model. The prices begin at Rs.5.38 lakh for petrol trims and range upto Rs.6.28 lakh for diesel trims (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
2017 Hyundai Xcent gets a Cascade design grille upfront as seen on the Elantra, with a new set of headlamps. Revised bumper houses the pair of fog lamps bordered with LED Daytime Running Lamps giving the front fascia a distinctive look from the Grand i10. The two part wrap around tail lights, the prominent chrome strip on the boot lid and a completely revised bumper on its rear gives the overall profile of this new sedan an upmarket look. There is also a shark fin antenna which is a first in segment feature.
The cabin of 2017 Hyundai Xcent gets a dual tone dashboard and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link. It also gets few important features as the mobile phone dock with built in charging ports, seat height adjustment option for the driver, climate control, glove box cooling, electrically adjustable Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) and plenty more to challenge its rivals. Boot capacity has been retained at 407 litres.
The Petrol trims of the new facelift Xcent are powered by the existing 1.2L Kappa petrol engine that produces 83bhp worth power and 114Nm of peak torque. The petrol trims come in six variants- five of them paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and one paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai Xcent claims to return a mileage of 20.1kmpl on the manual and 17.3kmpl on the automatic variant.
The Diesel variants on the other hand, gets only 5-speed manual transmission and gain power from an upgraded 1.2L CRDi engine that delivers 74bhp and a peak torque of 190Nm. The expected mileage is around 25.4kmpl on these variants.
The Safety features lack an ABS option as before, but have been provided with a set of dual airbags at the front row. The New Xcent definitely has gone through an impressive makeover to mark its presence and simultaneously challenge its rivals in the market like Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and most importantly the upcoming 2017 Suzuki Swift Dzire.
Tata Motors launched the limited edition Tiago Wizz in the country at a price of Rs.4.52 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs.5.30 lakh for the Diesel variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.
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• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.