One of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year, the Grand i10 based Xcent sedan has been unveiled at a function in Delhi today. As expected, the car is based on the Grand i10 hatchback and shares much of its external appearance as well as underpinnings with the same. It shares its name with the erstwhile Accent sedan but with more of an X factor as the company likes to put it, thus the name Xcent.
Influenced by the Fluidic design philosophy, the side profile of the sedan is similar to the hatchback to the point of the C-pillar, from where on things change drastically. The roofline flows into the boot section and sharply rakes into the back. The sedan stands at less than four metres but will have a slightly longer wheelbase than the hatchback.
The rear loading lip is a bit high and gives the car a sporty look. The rear sports the same designhe hatchback in terms of lamps. The Xcent sedan gets interiors and a feature list very similar to the hatchback. This list includes rear AC vents, smart key, rear parking camera with sensors, 2-Din music system with a one GB internal memory, auto folding chrome mirrors and one touch boot opening. On the safety front the list includes ABS and airbags.
The sedan is expected to get the 1.4-litre diesel unit from the i20 premium hatchback that produces 89bhp and 219Nm of torque while the petrol unit is expected to be the 1.2-litre Kappa engine that produces 81bhp and 114Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed AT for the petrol, though there is a possibility of the diesel getting an AT box too, sometime in the future.
The sedan will compete in the C-Segment compact sedan class against the well established Maruti Swift Dzire and the Honda Amaze. If the success of the hatchback is anything to go by, the sedan will be a tough competitor in the segment.