– 2018 Hyundai Santro will get an evolutionary design, all-new engines and an AMT gearbox.
– It could be priced around Rs 4 lakh – Rs 6 lakh.
The new Hyundai Santro 2018 might come with two petrol engines - a 0.8-litre and a 1.1-litre iRDE.
Hyundai’s legendary brand – Santro is all set to make a comeback in the Indian market. The South Korean carmaker will give a generation change to the hatchback during 2018 festive season. Featuring an all-new crossover-ish design, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 will take head-to-head against the Renault Kwid. For enhancing its comfort and safety quotient, Hyundai will also offer lots of goodies with the vehicle. Besides this, the hatchback will see significant changes under the hood. Read: 2018 Hyundai Santro – Five Interesting Facts
The South Korean carmaker broke millions of Indian hearts when it discontinued the Santro in 2014. Launched in 1998, the Hyundai Santro has been a runaway success for the South Korean carmaker in India. With an aim to free up capacity for manufacturing other cars, the company had stopped the hatchback’s production in December 2014.
Besides re-introducing the Santro brand, the South Korean carmaker aims to make an investment of around Rs 6,300 crore in India in the next three years. This fund will be used for development of new products, powertrains and establishing a new office building. Hyundai will also use the investment for its upcoming nine products by 2020. The new models will include five full-model changes (including new Hyundai Santro), two all-new products and an electric SUV. The carmaker will also increase annual manufacturing capacity of its Chennai facility to 7,50,000 units from 7,00,000 units.
– Tall boy design
– Larger window panels
– Steel wheels with full wheel cover
– Touchscreen infotainment system
HMIL Managing Director and CEO, had confirmed that the new Hyundai Santro will make a comeback to India near Diwali this year. There is a possibility of the hatchback could be unveiled for media on 23rd September (2018), as the vehicle first broke cover in India on the same day in 1998. The launch and price announcement might happen a month later (i.e. in October, 2018). One must note that the carmaker hasn’t yet revealed the exact launch date of the vehicle. Read – New Hyundai Creta – All You Need To Know
The reason behind bringing back the Santro is said to be the consistent interest and queries of customers, dealers and market for the Santro. The vehicle’s new-generation model is currently in its final testing phase. Hyundai is hoping that the next Santro will help it counter the popular Renault Kwid, which has managed to outsell most of its rivals. Based on the findings of its marketing and sales department, the new model will be designed in India by Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. Reports suggest that the new Hyundai Santro 2018’s development and launch will cost Rs 1,000 crore. Furthermore, India will serve as the global manufacturing hub for the new Hyundai Santro 2018. Check Out: Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 4 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 6 lakh|
With respect to design and styling, the 2018 Hyundai Santro will be a far cry from the previous model. However, the hatchback will retain the original ‘Tall Boy’ design. The hatchback’s new-gen model might share its platform with the existing global Kia cars. Besides this, the high-level of localization will further help the carmaker price the vehicle aggressively. Moreover, the South Korean carmaker is reportedly working on an AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox for its lower-end products. Components for this unit will be sourced from Ricardo or Magneti Marelli. The new Hyundai hatchback (AH2) could be the company’s first car to the new AMT unit.
In terms of pricing and positioning, the new 2018 Hyundai Santro will sandwich between the Eon and the Grand i10. With the arrival of cars such as Renault Kwid and Tata Tiago, the competition in the small car segment gets fiercer. Aggressive pricing could be one of the key factors that might help the new Hyundai hatchback to withstand the new-age competitors. The entry-level variant of the 2018 Hyundai Santro is estimated to be priced around Rs 4 lakh and the range-topping model might cost Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Might Debut at 2018 Auto Expo
|Engine Options||1.1-litre iRDE and 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & AMT|
Under the skin, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 will witness comprehensive changes. If media reports are to be believed, the hatchback will come with two petrol engine options – a 0.8-litre and a 1.1-litre iRDE. The latter one can develop a peak power of 70bhp, while generating a maximum torque of 100Nm. For performing transmission duties, the hatch is likely to get a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 2018 Hyundai Santro might also debut with a new AMT (automated manual transmission), which will be developed in-house. The same transmission could also be used in the upcoming Hyundai new sub-4 meter SUV based on the Carlino concept that was previewed at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo.
The Santro AMT (automatic) will come as an option for buyers who are looking for easy-to-drive, compact and budget car. Considering the demand of the CNG-equipped vehicles, the South Korean carmaker might also offer CNG fuel option on the hatchback carline. One must note that the official engine details are yet to be revealed by the carmaker.
Since the engine specifications of the new-generation Santro are yet to be revealed by the South Korean carmaker, it would be quite early to comment on its fuel efficiency. According to media reports, the new-generation Santro will make use of two new petrol motors. The hatch will get a new AMT gearbox, which is likely to enhance its fuel economy. We will update the exact mileage figure as the carmaker announces it.
As mentioned above, the 2018 Hyundai Santro will carry a more mature and contemporary design than the old model. The hatch will receive significant aesthetic updates and carry sportier stance. While the new-generation model will be designed on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, its signature tall-boy stance will remain intact. The fresh spy pictures indicate the rear three-quarter of the car will be inspired by the Grand i10. That means, the hatchback’s new model might share some of its design bits with its elder sibling. The front fascia of the new Hyundai Santro 2018 will look completely different from the previous model. The hatchback will get a revised bumper, a new grille, larger headlamps and high-mounted fog lamp assembly. It might also get Hyundai’s cascade front grille. Read: New Hyundai Verna – Price, Pictures & Features
The 2018 Hyundai Santro will feature pronounced black inserts and a bulky taillamps as we have seen on the Grand i10. The window line has Honda Mobilio inspired kink running towards the rear window glass. The spotted model has the larger window panels ensuring that there will be more cabin space for occupants. The steel wheels wrapped in full wheel cover are likely to come as standard feature across the carline. The new Hyundai hatchback is claimed to be a “contemporary family-oriented product” with “bigger and wider” dimensions than the old model. The 2018 Santro will be around 10mm to 15mm wider and measures 10mm higher.
The latest spy pictures reveal subtle interior details of the 2018 Hyundai Santro hatchback. The spotted test mule features a dual-tone (Beige and Black) interior theme with colour extending to fabric seat upholstery. The hatch will get a three-spoke steering wheel with mounted audio controls as we have seen on the entry-level variant of the Hyundai Grand i10. Read – Upcoming 4 Hyundai SUVs in India
The new-generation Santro will also feature a twin-pod instrument console that might get an integrated MID unit in the centre. The door lock will be finished in brushed silver. What further enhance its comfort and convenience levels are front power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs and adjustable headrests. Rumour also has it that Hyundai might also offer a touchscreen infotainment system on the base variant of the hatchback. Similar to the Grand i0, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 could be offered with dash-mounted gearshift levers. With an aim to improve its safety quotient, Maruti Suzuki will offer driver-side airbag as standard across the carline.
The South Korean auto giant is all set to revive its legendary Santro brand in the Indian market. Featuring an all-new and more evolved crossover-ish design, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 will be a successor to the hatchback. Furthermore, the vehicle will come with a host of new comfort and connectivity features. Material quality will also be classed up. Under the hood, the hatchback will feature a new set of powertrains. With all these upgrades, the 2018 Hyundai Santro will surely make a strong comeback and give a tough competition to the Renault Kwid. In the entry-level hatchback space, the new Hyundai small car will also face challenge from cars like Tata Tiago and Maruti Celerio.
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New-generation Hyundai Santro will have a crossover-ish and a more evolved design. Though, the signature 'tall boy' stance will retain intact. The hatchback will also get several new goodies and more efficient engines.