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Mar 5, 2014 Update: Hyundai India has confirmed that the new Xcent compact sedan will be unveiled on March 12, in Delhi. The new Hyundai Xcent is based on the same platform as the new Grand i10 hatchback. It is expected to be cheaper than both the Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze. 


Hyundai Xcent Will Debut in April; Cheaper than Dzire, Amaze

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4 Feb 2014 Update: Hyundai's new compact sedan, caled the Xcent, will go on sale in India in the new Financial Year. This new sedan resurects the 'Accent' name, well not actually, but phonetically the two names are similar. This new Hyundai car is expected to spark something of a price war in the segment, which is good news for Indian new car buyers. The new Xcent will compete with the Honda Amaze and Maruti Dzire to begin with, with more competition coming later in the year, notably from the new Tata Zest and the new Ford Figo compact sedan, which will be launched early in 2015.


hyundai xcent dashboard

The new Hyundai Xcent sedan borrows much from its smaller hatchback brother, the Grand i10. There's a cooled glovebox as well, which is useful in Indian summer conditions.


hyundai xcent rear seat

The new Xcent rear seat has a fold down arm rest. The Hyundai Xcent is also the only car in the compact sedan segment to boast of rear AC vents, which is sure to be a major USP.


hyundai xcent boot space

Boot space is one of the main reasons why customers opt for a compact sedan. The new Xcent is expected to best the Maruti Dzire easily in this regard, but how will it stack up against the Honda Amaze? We'll let you know shortly in a full road test and car comparison.


New Hyundai Grand i10 Sedan Set for Feb 4th Unveiling: Official

The new Grand i10-based compact sedan will be revealed to the public for the first time on February 4th, according to an official release from Hyundai India.



New Hyundai Grand i10 Sedan Cheaper Than Dzire, Amaze

hyundai grand i10 sedan coming auto expo

Could the new Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan resurrect the "Accent" name plate?


WHEN: Early 2014

HOW MUCH: Rs 4.9 - 7.2 lakh

ENGINES: 1.1-litre diesel, 1.2-litre petrol

COMPETITION: Honda Amaze, Maruti Dzire, Tata Zest, Ford Figo


Hyundai has always had an eye on the compact sedan market, make no mistake. In fact, the clues were very strong, considering the Grand i10 itself uses a stretched wheelbase compared to the new i10 in Europe. Well, now it’s almost here, and the new Grand i10 sedan promises to revolutionise the value for money proposition of the compact sedan segment. Here’s how.


For starters, the Grand i10-based sedan’s concept is simple; it will be identical to the Grand i10 hatchback all the way to the rear doors. It is only the C-pilar and the sheet metal thereafter which will be different. If it’s worked with the new Maruti Dzire, then there’s no reason it won’t work with the i10 sedan. However, Hyundai’s designers are hard at work to ensure that it doesn’t end up looking like a tacky stick-on job, which the Dzire indeed does.

To its credit, the Honda Amaze has really managed to come across as a cohesive design, a ‘proper’ compact sedan, and the market has really warmed to it. Of course, seeing is believing, and some Grand i10 sedan test mules have already been spotted, as reported by some other websites.


Hyundai’s formula of offering lots of features, or more specifically, more features for the same money as the competition, will see the Grand i10 come equipped with some segment-first features. Notable among them will be rear AC vents and Bluetooth connectivity. Sounds trifling, but many a car buyer has been converted to a Hyundai loyalist for precisely this reason. But what will truly be the ace up Hyundai's sleeve will be the new compact sedan's pricing; our sources within the company have indicated that the new Grand i10-based sedan could be cheaper than the Dzire and Amaze by anywhere between Rs 30-50,000, which will make it smashing good value indeed. If Hyundai can pull it off at that price (and don't doubt for a second they won't), then the competition truly has a fight on its hands.


We've put together a little table for you to see just how the new Grand i10 sedan stacks up against the competition:

LENGTH (mm) 3995 3995 3990
WHEELBASE (mm) 2425 2430 2405
PETROL ENGINE 1.2-lt, 88 PS 1.2-lt, 87 PS 1.2-lt, 83 PS
DIESEL ENGINE 1.1-lt, 71 PS 1.3-lt, 75 PS 1.5-lt, 100 PS
PRICE (Rs Lakh) 4.9 - 7.3 5.3 - 7.6 5.5 - 7.8


Under the bonnet, there won’t be any surprises, and the new U2 CRDi diesel engine and Kappa petrol engine will be carried over. Five-speed manual gearboxes will be standard on both cars, but an automatic version of the petrol will also be offered. Hyundai currently sells the Grand i10 hatchback in four trim levels, which in ascending order are Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta, and we expect the Grand i10 sedan will be similarly specced.


Yes, the new Hyundai Grand i10-based sedan will make its debut at the 2014 Auto Expo. A price announcement could be made at the event itself, or soon thereafter. Remember, you read about it here first!


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