Ever since the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios rolled out, we knew that there was a new compact-sedan based on this hatchback on the cards. The Hyundai Aura as the new car has been christened will replace the Xcent compact-sedan in the passenger car space. Hyundai will however continue with the Xcent for commercial application. The 2nd largest car manufacturer in India, Hyundai has now announced the engine and gearbox combination for the Aura.
Most importantly, the point to note is that there will be a total of 3 engine options. This is unlike any other compact-sedan ever in the sub-4 metre space here in India. Also, Hyundai has faith that there will be decent demand for diesel-powered cars, and the Aura will come with an oil-burner under the hood unlike competition which aren’t sure about the diesel car future. Hyundai will launch the Aura with BS6 compliant engines from day 1. Both the petrol and diesel engines will be BS6 compliant and will offer superior NVH, peppier performance and higher fuel efficiency. This combined with cleaner emissions. Hyundai has given a lot of attention on the exhaust after treatment system to meet the emission requirements. The Hyundai Aura will come with NOx TrapCatalyst and PM Filters to reduce pollution.
The highlight is the introduction of a new turbocharged petrol engine for the Hyundai Aura. Hyundai will launch the 1.0L Turbo GDi petrol engine matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox option. Apart from this, you will also have the standard 1.2L Kappa series petrol engine matched to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT gearbox. The Aura will also benefit from a torquey 1.2L U2 CRDi diesel engine matched to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT gearbox. Expect fuel efficiency claims to be over 20 kmpl for the Hyundai Aura.
Well, does this mean we can also expect a 1.0L turbocharged engine in the Grand i10 Nios? Who will say no to a sporty hatchback? We won’t!