Hyundai recently announced its new sub-compact sedan which will be introduced at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Hyundai Aura is based on the Xcent and will get new engines, significant styling upgrades as well.
The situation with Xcent and Aura is the same with Grand i10 Nios and Grand i10. Now, the diesel and automatic variants of Grand i10 have been discontinued. A similar situation will happen with the Xcent as well.
Earlier, it was speculated that Hyundai might keep the Xcent only for fleet buyers. However, Hyundai has decided to continue the Xcent for regular buyers with factory-fitted CNG kits onboard. Only one engine option is available.
The BS-4 compliant 1.2 Litre petrol engine of Xcent will come with CNG. The engine produces 83 BHP and 113 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed transmission will only be provided, without the option of any automatic transmission.
Further, the Hyundai Xcent CNG will only be available in the mid-spec S variant. Features onboard this variant include rear AC vents, Tilt Steering, 2-DIN audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Steering mounted audio controls, Rear-seat centre armrest, LED DRLs and Hub Caps.
Safety features onboard include dual front airbags, central locking, rear parking sensors, Day and Night IRVM, ABS with EBD, Driver and Passenger Seat Belt Reminder and Speed Alert System. Even with the CNG fitted, the Xcent is unlikely to get any other update.
As of now, the S Variant of Hyundai Xcent is priced at Rs 6.47 Lakhs (ex-showroom), which will get a hike of nearly Rs 50,000 after CNG is introduced. As for the new Hyundai Aura, it is slated to be launched at the 2020 Auto Expo. The Aura will be more-feature rich, sportier-looking and also slightly bigger than the Xcent.