Hyundai India dealers are fitting CNG kits for the Grand i10 and Xcent. Both these cars in their base trim are available at Rs 5.07 lakh and Rs 5.45 lakh, ex-Mumbai. The booking amount for both the cars is Rs 20,000 while deliveries will commence within 10-15 days of payment of the entire amount. In the same vein, the on-road price of both the Grand i10 and Xcent are Rs 6.51 lakh and Rs 6.94 lakh respectively. This is a legal fitment and will be endorsed on the RC book by the dealers at the time of delivery.
Hyundai India had launched a LPG trim of the Grand i10 last year. Due to poor demand, however, the variant was discontinued. The current Grand i10 and Xcent CNG are likely to have a slightly lower power and torque output than the 80PS/112Nm that the petrol-only unit makes. Hyundai though is yet to get back to us on this. Hyundai will also confirm the fuel-efficiency numbers for both the cars. In their petrol-only form, the 1.2l VTVT 4-cylinder Kappa2 engine lays claim to an economy number of 18.9kmpl.
While the Hyundai Grand i10 and Xcent were runaway success when they were launched in 2013 and 2014 respectively, sales have dwindled over the last two years. Hyundai India also hasn’t updated the cars in the wake of fresh competition in the form of the Ford Figo/Aspire and the Volkswagen Ameo. Hyundai did launch an anniversary edition of both the cars with a touchscreen system, graphics and a new upholstery scheme. It is worth mentioning that both these cars are still at par, if not more than the competition, in terms of features.
The Xcent, off late in both petrol and diesel forms, has been finding favour with the app-based taxi operators. Whether this will help draw customers towards its positives or be shunned for the taxi image, remains to be seen.