The South Korean carmaker, Hyundai has completed 20 years in the Indian market. In order to commemorate the occasion, the company invited media journalists across the country and shared its future plan. The carmaker revealed that it will bring in eight new models by 2020 including the Kona electric SUV and a small car (codenamed AH2). The South Korean carmaker also aims to increase production capacity of its Chennai based plant, with an investment of Rs 6,300 crores, from 7 lakh to 7.5 lakh per annum. The Hyundai AH2 (New Hyundai Santro 2018) will mark the comeback of the legendary Santro brand in the India. Read: 2018 Hyundai Santro – Five Interesting Facts
The South Korean carmaker has confirmed that the all-new Hyundai AH2 (new-generation Hyundai Santro) will go on sale in October, 2018. Featuring an all-new crossover-ish design, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 (Hyundai AH2) will take directly on the Renault Kwid. For enhancing its comfort and safety quotient, Hyundai might offer lots of goodies with the vehicle. Besides this, the hatchback will see significant changes under the hood.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Key Features
– Tall boy design
– Larger window panels
– Steel wheels with full wheel cover
– Touchscreen infotainment system
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Launch Date
Recently, Hyundai revealed its ambitious plan for the Indian market. The carmaker confirmed eight new cars for India that will go on sale in the next two years. Among all new models, the new small car, codenamed Hyundai AH2, will be the first one to arrive in the market. In a recent interview, Puneet Anand, senior general manager (marketing), HMIL said, that the company has lost out on sales of around 32,000 vehicles due to Kerala floods in Onam festive season. September won’t also be that good for the new insurance regulation and shradh period. However, the company expects to get back on track from October onwards with a new car launch. While the official launch date of the vehicle is yet to be announced, it is reported to hit showrooms on 23 October, 2018. Read – New Hyundai Creta – All You Need To Know
The AH2 will the new-generation model of the Santro hatchback that was discontinued 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. 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. Furthermore, India will serve as the global manufacturing hub for the new Hyundai Santro 2018 (Hyundai AH2). Check Out: Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Price in India
|Base Model||Rs 4 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 6 lakh|
With respect to design and styling, the 2018 Hyundai Santro (Hyundai AH2) will be a far cry from the previous model. However, it 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. The South Korean carmaker will introduce the AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox on its hatchback carline. This will make the new Santro 2018 (AH2) Hyundai’s first car to the new AMT unit. Components for this unit are reported to be sourced from Ricardo or Magneti Marelli.
In terms of pricing and positioning, the new 2018 Hyundai Santro will be slotted 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 new Hyundai Santro 2018 (Hyundai AH2) price in India are likely to start from Rs 4 lakh for the entry-level variant and go up to Rs 6 lakh for the range-topping model. Read – Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Might Debut at 2018 Auto Expo
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Specifications
|Engine Options||1.1-litre iRDE and 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & AMT|
While the official specification of the new Hyundai small car are yet to be revealed, it is likely to see major updates under the hood. If media reports are to be believed, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 (Hyundai AH2) could be made available with two petrol powertrains – a 0.8-litre and a 1.1-litre iRDE. The latter one can deliver a peak power of 70bhp, while churning out a peak torque of 100Nm. For performing transmission duties, the hatch is likely to get a 5-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai has confirmed that it will introduce a new AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox on the 2018 Hyundai Santro. The new gearbox will be developed in-house and could also be used in the upcoming Hyundai new sub-4 meter SUV based on the Carlino concept that broke cover at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo.
As mentioned above, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 (Hyundai AH2) will be the company’s first car to feature the AMT (automatic). It 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.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Mileage
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. If media reports are to be believed, 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 soon as the carmaker announces it.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Exterior
As mentioned above, the 2018 Hyundai Santro (Hyundai AH2) will carry a more mature and contemporary design than the old model. The hatch will receive significant aesthetic updates and wear sportier stance. The hatchback’s new-generation model will be designed on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Though, 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. Upfront, 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.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Interior
The latest spy pictures reveal subtle interior details of the 2018 Hyundai Santro hatchback (Hyundai AH2). 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.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 (Hyundai AH2) Competition
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 Hyundai AH2 (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 Hyundai Santro Preview
New-generation Hyundai Santro (Hyundai AH2) 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.