Hyundai has already revealed their first launch for 2020 and prices for the same will be declared on 21 January. Sticking to their new biennial update routine, the Hyundai Aura will be the Xcent’s successor in the sub-4m compact sedan segment, one of the most popular car segments in India in the recent past.
2019 has been rather dreary for the automotive market in India and Hyundai is banking on the Aura to start 2020 with a bang. It surely borrows it’s styling cues from the Nios, the latest version of the popular Grand i10. The fascia now gets sharper cuts, sweeping curves and catchy lines reminding us of the Fluidic Verna and it’s revolutionary styling which spiced up the sedan segment.
The honeycomb mesh grille is flanked by the boomerang-shaped LED DRLs and the swept back headlamps. The bumper gets vertical slots for the fog lamps. Moving towards the profile, the shoulder line keeps rising towards the bootlid making it almost look like a notchback. The contoured arches, raked pillars and stylish 15-inch alloys complete the profile while the tail is embellished by the brave Z- tail lamps.
Inside, Hyundai’s quality has been the benchmark and the same can be expected from the Aura as well. Taking the Xcent’s well-laid out cabin further, the Aura will also get the beige interior with an 8-inch touchscreen display in the centre console, wireless charging, smartphone tray and the climate control system. USB charging in the front should be standard along with the 12V socket while the bells and whistles will be added as you go higher up the trims. The top-spec will get an Arkamys audio setup, rear armrest with cup holders, auto-folding mirrors et al. The instrument cluster will be a 5.3-inch screen with the Multi-function display reading out all the essentials. The Turbo-petrol might get an all-black theme like the Venue to set it apart.
Coming to the powerplants, the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol should be the star offering along with the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre three cylinder petrol engine and the 1.2-litre turbo-diesel. All these engines will be BS-VI compliant beginning the shift to the new emission standards to be enforced from April, later this year. As for the gearbox options, the five-speed manuals will be offered along with the AMT automatics to cater all possible buyers. In terms of safety, ABS with EBD and dual front airbags will certainly be offered right from the base trim. In addition to it, reverse parking camera display and emergency stop signal will also be offered.
To be offered in five shades of paint, the Aura should be priced somewhere below Rs 6 lakh ex-showroom for the entry-level petrol while the top-spec diesel might go beyond Rs 10 lakhs. As usual, it will compete with the stalwart of the segment, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda’s Amaze, Tata Tigor and Ford Aspire.