Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of the popular South Korean car manufacturer, has come up with a new CNG model of its Xcent compact sedan. The new car is called as the Hyundai Xcent Prime and has gone on sale for a starting price of Rs 593231. Xcent Prime CNG comes in two trims: T & T+, which offer a warranty of 100,000 kms/3-years. The factory-fitted CNG kit comes with SLF – Speed Limiting Function. Also, factory-fitment leads to ease of registration and financing process besides giving registration tax benefit in select areas. Here, in this post, we have put together all the details on the new 2017 Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG model.
The Xcent Prime is targeted at the taxi market. Currently, the taxi version of the Xcent comes with a 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine that outputs 81 BHP and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Prime variant is available on the taxi version only. It is mainly targeted at the fleet operators in metros like Delhi, where Diesel cars can’t be registered with a commercial license plate. The Xcent Prime CNG model will boost the sales of the compact sedan’s taxi variant. Currently, the manufacturer sells around 2,000-3,000 units of the Xcent Prime every month. Its main rival is the Maruti Suzuki Dzire Tour.
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The highlight of the new CNG kit will is the Dual ECU technology that comprises of separate injectors for the natural gas. This leads to optimal gas flow and hence, a lag-free performance. Cars are known to lose grunt when driven on CNG, but this system ensures no such trouble is encountered. Also, the system automatically switches to Petrol in case you run out of gas. It does look like the new Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG model would find wide acceptance among the fleet operators.
Announcing the introduction of the new variant, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava- Director- Sales & Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) said: “Superior customer experience through innovation is the hallmark of Hyundai Brand DNA. As a customer centric company we are committed to the growing commercial segment with Xcent Prime becoming the preferred option for our customers. With the addition of factory fitted CNG we are confident of meeting the request of the fleet aggregators for a vehicle in the commercial segment at a very low cost of ownership.”
Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG Price in India
The new Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG has gone on sale in two variants – T and T+.
Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG Specifications
|Petrol and CNG
|5-Speed Manual/5-Speed Manual
The Xcent Prime CNG model has a 1.2-litre petrol engine that can also run on petrol. When running on petrol, this engine outputs 81 BHP and 114 Nm. The outputs of the CNG model is quite lower. However, the new dual ECU setting ensures a lag-free performance.
Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG Mileage
The Xcent Prime CNG model should have a claimed mileage of 19 Kilometers per KG. This will ensure that the taxi-only variant offers a really low running cost. We are pretty sure this model would find a lot of takers in the taxi market.
Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG Features
- Rear AC Vents
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- 12V Charging Port
Being a taxi-only variant, the new Xcent Prime CNG model doesn’t get too many creature comforts. The car misses out on bits like steering-mounted audio controls, music system and automatic climate control. It doesn’t even get alloy wheels. However, it does get an air conditioner, power steering, rear AC vents and all four power windows. There’s also a 12V charging port.
Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG Model Exterior
The CNG variant doesn’t look much different from other Prime models of the Xcent. The Hyundai Xcent taxi looks too different from the new 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift that went on sale earlier this year. Actually, these taxi variants still carry the pre-facelift look. On the other hand, the Xcent 2017 facelift with a comprehensively updated front-end that features Hyundai’s ‘cascading-effect’ grille. It also get bits like new LED taillamps and LED DRLs at front. The Prime misses out on all this. Xcent Prime gets 14-inch steel wheels and doesn’t get premium bits like chrome garnishings and body-coloured door handles.
Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG Model Interior Changes
Even on the inside, the Xcent Prime CNG model will look exactly like other engine variants in the lineup. It won’t get the changes that the facelift did. The Xcent Prime doesn’t offer a music system and only offers bits like rear AC vents, power steering, power windows and a 12V charging socket.
Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for more on the new Hyundai Xcent Prime CNG model.