Hyundai Aura sub compact sedan is currently under endurance tests from deserts to the mountains and plains prior to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. This upcoming model based on the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, which is the name of new gen Grand i10. Similarly, Aura is the name of new gen Xcent.
Hyundai claims that the name ‘Aura’ has been inspired by ‘vibrance of positivity’ and ‘spirit to go the distance’ and is set to attract the attention of a younger and more adventurous segment of buyers in the country with its blend of contemporary styling, outstanding comfort, style and technology.
Today, Hyundai India has revealed official renders of the front and rear design of the Hyundai Aura. In terms of design it will get similar fascia sporting a cascading front grille, integrated boomerang shaped DRLs and projector headlamps as seen on the i10 Nios. It will also receive similar triangular fog lamps and LED tail lamps along with new diamond cut alloy wheels. It could also get a shark fin antenna and a dual tone paint scheme.
Keywords used by Hyundai India to describe the new car include – ‘Next-generation Design Direction’, ‘Sensuous Sportiness’, ‘Instinctive Beauty’, ‘Create Emotional Value and Desirability’, ‘Shimmering Sculpture’, ‘Modern Unique Design’, ‘Immediate Recognition’, ‘New Elegance’.
Not much is known about the interiors of the Hyundai Aura but it could borrow some elements from the i10 Nios . These would include an 8” touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging and could also come in with BlueLink connected car features which is not available on the i10 Nios. Upholstery will be in a new colour scheme with rear seat armrests and adjustable headrests.
Hyundai Aura is likely to share its petrol and diesel engine lineup with the i10 Nios. The 1.2 liter, 4 cylinder petrol engine will offer 83 hp power and 113 Nm torque while the 1.2 liter, 3 cylinder diesel engine, which currently offers 74 hp power and 190 Nm torque on the Nios could also make its way onto the Aura. Both engines will get mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while a 5 speed AMT is also in the offing. Both engines will comply with the stringent BS6 emission norms.
Once launched, Hyundai Aura will compete against the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and Tata Tigor. No price details have been revealed as on date but a premium of Rs.20,000-Rs.1,00,000 over the Hyundai Xcent which is priced from Rs.5.81-8.75 lakhs is what is estimated.
While the Hyundai Aura is said to be the next gen Hyundai Xcent which goes by a new name, the company might also continue to sell the Xcent exclusively as a fleet model to the taxi segment while the Hyundai Aura will be directed towards private buyers.