Hyundai, the popular South Korean automaker is all set to bring back its popular hatchback, Santro to the highly competitive Indian market. The Hyundai Santro was launched for the first time in 1998 and since then the model single-handedly built the reputation of the company in India. However, Hyundai discontinued the hatchback in 2014 to make way for other cars like Grand i10 and the Elite i10 in the company’s portfolio.
Santro has been the major contributor to the company’s success in its starting period in India. Now, with certain updates over the design and technical features of the previous model, Hyundai India is all set to launch the Hyundai Santro 2018 in the Indian market.
The production model of the Santro is internally called as Hyundai AH2. However, India will serve as the major production centre of the hatchback from where the models are expected to be exported globally as well. According to the reports, the development and launch of the new Hyundai Santro will cost around Rs. 1,000 crores.
For those who are really excited about the re-launch of the popular entry-level hatchback, here are the five interesting things to know about the car.
What’s new outside and inside?
The 2018 Hyundai Santro continues to retain its tallboy appearance with an aggressive stance. It is expected to follow the Hyundai’s latest Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy, which also underpins the Hyundai i10. Thus, it shares its styling bits with that of the i10. The visual changes made over the previous model is quite significant, which includes the new radiator grille, black coloured bumper, slightly tweaked headlights with DRLs and a sculpted bonnet. The car is expected to sport alloy wheels. Moving to the rear, the changes made are in the design of the tail lights.
Getting inside the car, you will get a roomy cabin with completely refreshed aesthetic from the previous model. The new hatchback offers a wide range of comfort and safety equipment. However, the touch screen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity feature is likely to be present in the top-end trims only. Thanks to the large window panel that the cabin is quite spacious to offer comfortable space to the occupants.
Automatic transmission option on the cards
It is quite an interesting fact to know that the Santro has been offered in an optional AMT variant way back in 2003. This time also, the automated transmission is on the cards as the company is expected to offer a two-pedal avatar for the all-new Santro. The inclusion of the optional AMT variant would clearly mean that the company is all set to tackle the upcoming automated cars, which also includes the AMT variant of Tata Tiago.
The Power plant
Mechanically, the 2018 Hyundai Santro is expected to be offered in two petrol engines, which includes a 0.8-litre and a 1.1-litre unit. These gasoline engines will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox to offer an FWD (front-wheel-drive) system. You can expect a mileage of 20 kmpl to 25 kmpl from the car.
The new generation of the Santro is likely to make a comeback with a premium avatar and has been placed above the Hyundai i10 in the company’s line-up. The premium positioning of the car makes sure that it will be up against some of the premium cars like upcoming Chevrolet Beat and the well known Tata Tiago. Hyundai India has provided everything to the car to make it a premium one in the league.
The older Santro was just a basic car with minimum features on offer. But, the all-new model equips modern features which makes it a premium one in the league. It gets power windows and air-conditioning system inside the car as standard across the variants. One can expect some additional features, such as a multi-information display, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and height adjustable seats. In the safety department, it offers ABS (anti-lock braking system) and airbags as well.
The all-new Hyundai Santro is especially for the young buyers as the new model is equipped with several new features and is quite budget-friendly. Along with a refreshing styling, the model is here to take on the likes of Renault Kwid and Tata Tiago. It is expected to be priced between Rs. 3 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs. 6 lakh (ex-showroom) across its variants. You can check the variant-wise specs and features of the car on Autoportal.com.