Hyundai has confirmed that their new sub-4 metre sedan will be the Aura, slated to launch at the 2020 Auto Expo. Just like the scenario with Nios and Grand i10, the Aura will replace the Xcent once it is launched.
Hyundai Xcent is quite popular in its segment because it is a feature-rich car and is also widely accepted in the commercial market. Since the brand name Xcent was reintroduced in the market, the sedan has not received any major update.
Hyundai Aura’s design, as seen from the spy shots, appears to more of an evolution of the current sedan’s design. It retains the overall silhouette or basic profile but the changes will be more in the details.
In fact, the look of the new Aura is expected to be much similar to the Grand i10 Nios. It is expected to get a bigger cascading front grille with honeycomb inserts, sharper projector headlamps, angular housing for the fog lamps in the bumpers and LED taillamps. Also, the positioning of the license plate is expected to go down to the bumper instead of the current boot mounted license plate.
This is where the new 2020 Hyundai Aura will bear even more similarities with the Grand i10 Nios. We have seen some interior spy shots of the new Aura and while they came heavily camouflaged, we can still figure out that the interiors have large resemblance with that of the Nios. That has also been true about the current-gen model.
The new dashboard layout as seen in the Nios, the steering wheel and the turbine-like vents are expected to be carried forward from its hatchback sibling. It could also see the addition of leather upholstery and adjustable head restraints for the rear bench.
Like all other Hyundai’s, the Aura is expected to be very well equipped in terms of features. There will be a larger infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, expect Blue Link connected car technology from the Hyundai Venue to come with the new car as well.
Other notable features could include a digital speedometer with MID, voice recognition, wireless phone charger, auto AC, keyless entry, tilt steering, rear AC vents. However, it remains to be seen if there will be cruise control on offer like in the Hyundai Venue.
The new Hyundai Aura will continue with its current 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines but the engines will receive a host of updates to make them BS-VI compliant. Currently, the petrol engine produces 83PS and 114Nm of torque, while the diesel engine develops 75PS and 190Nm of torque.
Both the engines will have the option of the 5-speed manual gearbox but 4-speed torque converter automatic with the petrol engine might be ditched in favour of the 5-speed AMT from the Santro. That’s in the name of cost-efficiency.
Price and Rivals
The current-gen Xcent is priced from Rs 5.81 lakh to Rs 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Aura will certainly command a premium over the current price on account of the BS-VI engines and added features. Once launched in India, the Aura sedan will rival the likes of the Ford Aspire, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze.