Hyundai Aura steps into the Indian market to compete against Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Tata Tigor and Ford Aspire
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has been a long stay in the sub-four-metre sedan segment courtesy of the Xcent. Despite not reaching the success levels as its main rivals Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze, the Xcent has always been a decent seller drawing in audience from the personal as well as taxi user spaces.
Last year, the compact sedan class saw a massive dip in sales fortunes. While the sales slowdown encountered throughout 2019 played a major part in the volume decline, the SUV segments fared far better, pointing the finger at more customers opting to go with the sports utility vehicles rather than traditional sedans.
Just like other manufacturers including Tata, which is introducing the Tigor facelift tomorrow, Hyundai is working on upping the ante in the compact sedan space to claw back the buyer base as it is one of the key volume segments. Consequently, the all-new Aura was unveiled last month and it has today been launched in the domestic market.
|Hyundai Aura Dimensions||Measurement In mm|
The Aura stands in place of the Xcent with improvements in every department and it has been priced from Rs. 5.79 lakh for the base petrol and it goes up to Rs. 9.22 lakh for the top-spec diesel AMT (both prices, ex-showroom). It measures 3,995 mm long, 1,680 mm wide and stands 1,520 mm tall with a wheelbase length of 2,450 mm and 402 litres bootspace. The Xcent’s exterior styling may not have captivated enthusiasts but the Aura’s will change that perception as it derives plenty of design cues from the third generation Grand i10 Nios launched last year.
The design highlights include boomerang shaped LED Daytime Running Lights, three dimensional front grille mesh, Z-shaped LED tail lamps, chrome garnished tailgate, blackened C-pillar, sporty character lines and alloy wheels. It is styled with inputs from Hyundai’s design centres in Chennai, Hyderabad and Korea. It comes equipped with a choice of three powertrains and all of them are BSVI compliant.
|Hyundai Aura Specs||Details|
|Engine||1.2L Petrol/1.0L Petrol/1.2L Diesel|
|Power||83 PS/100 PS/75 PS|
|Torque||114 Nm/172 Nm/190 Nm|
|Gearbox||5-Speed MT or AMT/5-Speed MT/5-Speed MT or AMT|
|Mileage||20.50 kmpl or 20.10 kmpl/20.50 kmpl/25.35 kmpl or 25.40 kmpl|
The 1.0-litre turbocharged GDI petrol kicks out 100 PS and 172 Nm and is certified to have 20.50 kmpl fuel economy. The Kappa 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol, on the other hand, delivers 83 PS and 114 Nm. The 1.2-litre Ecotorq diesel unit pumps out 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque.
As standard, the engines are paired with a five-speed manual gearbox while the 1.2-litre petrol and diesel motors can be optioned with a five-speed AMT transmission. The claimed mileage stands at 20.50 kmpl (MT) and 20.10 kmpl (AMT) for 1.2-litre petrol and 25.35 kmpl (MT) and 25.40 kmpl (AMT) for the 1.2-litre diesel. The Aura gets segment-best three-year free service and optional Wonder Warranty and factory-fitted CNG choice is also available with the Aura.
The Aura is claimed to have 12 segment first features including emergency stop signal, eco coating technology, wireless charging facility, air curtain and leather-wrapped gear knob. The five-seater is constructed on 65 per cent advanced high strength steel and high strength steel and it has a more premium cabin compared to the Xcent.
The equipment list boasts a 5.3-inch digital speedometer and multi-information display, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and Arkamys premium sound system. The colour options made available are Polar White, Vintage Brown, Typhoon Silver, Fiery Red, Titan Grey and Alpha Blue.