The Hyundai Aura is a global product and it will replace the Xcent in India and several other international markets. Its based on the Grand i10 Nios.
A few days ago, Hyundai announced the name of its upcoming compact sedan to be Aura. Now, the company has revealed that they will be taking the wraps off the Aura compact sedan on December 19, 2019. The Aura is a global model and it will replace the Xcent in India and some other markets as well. The Aura is abed on the Grand i10 Nios which made its India debut earlier this year.
In fact, the Aura shares its underpinnings, most of its exterior body panels and interior bits with the Nios hatchback. It has also been spotted testing on our roads multiple times. Although a compact sedan, we must say that Hyundai has done a pretty decent job in giving the Aura a typical three-box design with good proportions.
We expect the Aura to share most of its new design elements with the Nios. However, it will get certain differentiating elements to make it look more premium than its hatchback cousin. The cascading grille for example will be unique to the Aura with a new honeycomb design as opposed to the simple slats seen on the hatchback. The boomerang shaped LEDs will also continue but expect Hyundai to offer better quality headlamps on the Aura. At the rear, this compact sedan gets large wraparound tail-lamps, with LED elements that will extend on the boot lid. Also, like most other new Hyundai’s, the Aura will get its number plate on the bumper instead of the boot lid.
Inside the cabin, we expect the dashboard design to be pretty similar to the Nios. It will get a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher variants will also get a wireless charging option. The Grand i10 Nios does not get Hyundai’s BlueLink connectivity system, but it remains to be seen if the carmaker provides this service in the Aura sedan.
Under the hood, the Aura will get BS-6 compliant engines right from the start. There’s a 1.2-liter three-cylinder diesel engine along with a 1.2 liter petrol engine that already comes on the Nios. However, the bigger news is that the Aura will get the 1.0 liter turbo-petrol engine from the Venue in a slightly detuned version. Its expected to produce about 100 bhp in comparison to the Venue’s 120 bhp. As usual, there will be a 5-speed manual gearbox with the 1.2 liter petrol and diesel engines along with the option of an AMT. The sportier 1.0-litreturbo-petrol engine option will only come with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai will announce the price and further details about the Aura in January 2020 when the car sees its market launch. The Hyundai Aura will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor and the Renault LBA compact sedan, which will launch late next year. As for the Xcent, it will continue to be sold to cab aggregators and fleet operators as the Xcent prime. It will be upgraded with BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines.
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