Hyundai announced the Aura sedan in November this year, India will become its main market, and production will be established there. The novelty is based on the latest generation of local Grand i10 hatchback, which received the Nios prefix in its name. The previous Grand also has a four-door modification, it is called Xcent, and Aura is considered the successor of this particular model. Moreover, Xcent itself, like the previous Grand i10 hatchback, will not disappear from the sale – “state employees” are in good demand among taxi drivers.
Earlier, the Indian office of the brand distributed a video in which only the name of the new “four-door” flashes, and the only photo in camouflage. Now branded design sketches have been published.
The front part of the Aura was expectedly made in the style of a related hatch, although there are also features: the radiator grill has the same shape, but the pattern is different, two LED “boomerangs” of daytime running lights were placed along its edges, while the “five-door” had one each . The bumpers of the sedan are their own, he also received horizontal taillights, the lower sections of which are interconnected, apparently, with a chrome plate.
In general, the pictures Aura looks pretty stylish, resembling a smaller version of the new Sonata. But in reality, the sedan is already not so spectacular appearance: a video with a “live” car appeared on YouTube channel Lemon Green Studios. The length of the Hyundai Aura does not exceed four meters (such cars have tax breaks in India), so it has a short “tail” of the trunk – this does not add elegance to the silhouette. The rear pillars are painted black in order to create the appearance of a “soaring” roof, but still the “four-door” looks a bit heavy.
The interior is still classified, but inside the sedan, most likely, it copies the Grand i10 Nios, that is, Aura received elongated airflow deflectors and a multimedia system screen that rises above the front panel, which is connected to the tidy.
A pair of engines passed from the hatch: a 1.2 Kappa atmospheric gasoline “four” and a U2 CRDi three-cylinder turbodiesel of the same volume, both combined with a five-speed “mechanics” or a single-clutch robotic gearbox (AMT). The difference is that for Nios, only the gasoline engine meets the new Indian BS6 eco-standards so far, while the Aura also has diesel standards. The modernization was unlikely to affect the power: the Grand i10 Nios “aspirated” produces 83 hp, a diesel engine – 75 hp Aura will surely have the same return.
In addition, in India, the sedan will be offered with a gas turbo-engine 1.0 T-GDI from the local version of the Hyundai Venue SUV (there is no such hatch yet). At the cross, the turbo engine produces 120 hp, however, according to preliminary data, up to 100 hp is derated for Aura. A sedan with this engine will be available only with 5MKP, although the Venue with 1.0 T-GDI is equipped with a 6MKP or a seven-speed robotic gearbox with two clutches (7-DCT). At the same time, for the Hyundai Aura, the “turbo-engine” will also be brought to the BS6 eco-standard (in the SUV, it meets the old standards). The engines of the remaining Hyundai models will be “pulled” to BS6 next year, then the Grand i10 Nios hatchback can also get 1.0 T-GDI.
Indian media have reported that the premiere of Hyundai Aura will be held on December 19. The novelty will be noticeably cheaper than the older “four-door” Verna – this is our Solaris in India. The last model there will cost at least 818,000 rupees (about 724,000 rubles at the current rate). Hatchback Grand i10 Nios costs from 500,000 rupees (442,000 rubles).
The aura will probably also be exported, but you can’t wait for a sedan in Russia. But next year in our country the updated Hyundai Solaris starts.