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04 February 2014

Hyundai Xcent compact sedan unveiled

After Tata Motors and Ford, Hyundai showcases its compact sedan contender

Devesh Shobha
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Size does matter and in India, the smaller, the better. At least that's the case as far as cars are concerned. And joining the compact sedan bandwagon is the latest Hyundai Xcent that makes its global premiere in Delhi, ahead of the Auto Expo.

It goes without saying the Xcent's styling is based on Hyundai's fluidic design and with the swept-back headlamps and wrap-around tail-lamps, the new compact sedan looks striking in the flesh. It may be a compact sedan alright, but the Xcent appears to have a boot that is a lot bigger than any of its immediate competition, including the recently-revealed Tata Zest and Ford Figo Concept.

The Xcent will be offered with class-leading features like rear AC vents, push-button start, rear parking camera and sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels, 2-DIN music system with USB and 1GB internal storage, and auto-folding mirrors. As for safety, there are dual airbags and ABS.

Hyundai hasn't revealed much in terms of its mechanicals, but what we know is that the Xcent will be offered with petrol and diesel engine options and will be teamed with manual and automatic gearboxes.

The made-for-India Xcent has been developed keeping in mind Indian customer needs and focusing on Indian driving conditions. The Xcent will be hitting Hyundai showrooms by March 2014, which is when we'll know more about prices and exact technical specifications.

So, dotcommers, what's your take on the Xcent?

Tags: hyundai, grand i10 sedan, delhi auto expo, xcent

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