Hyundai Xcent special edition
Hyundai Xcent special editionPR handout

South Korean car maker Hyundai is reportedly working on the mid-lifecycle facelift for its compact sedan, the Xcent. The current Xcent made India debut in 2014 but it has received lukewarm response. Incohesive rear that looks like boot added to the rear of the Grand i10 was one of the major criticisms on the current Xcent. New Xcent will sport more cohesive rear end.

Facelifted Xcent will be launched in India in early 2018 reports AutocarIndia. The face of new Xcent will feature a design shift in line with the new Grand i10 unveiled for European market August this year. The new Grand i10 is also due for India in January 2017.

The new Xcent will feature a younger stance highlighted with new grille characterised by its curved flowing line. Hyundai calls it as Cascading grille and it is part of new identity of Hyundai models. The Xcent will also sport a reworked front bumper and a set of new funky round LED daytime running lights positioned at the top edges of the grille. It will feature reworked front bumper while side profile remain unchanged barring new alloy wheel design.

Hyundai designers will majorly rework the section after C-pillar. Redesigned rear-end will help the car look bigger. Rear will get bold design and sleek tail lamp units in line with the new Verna launched in China. The bumper, rear fender and boot lid will be all new in line with the new design pattern.

Hyundai will give nip and tuck to make the interior fresh. Higher-spec variants are expected to get touchscreen infotainment system, along with audio-video navigation. The refreshed model is likely to continue with the same powertrain options. Current Hyundai Xcent is powered by a 1.1-litre diesel engine and a 1.2-litre petrol.