– New-generation Hyundai Santro is reported to launch before 2018 festive season.
– It will get an evolutionary design, all-new engines and an AMT gearbox.
– 2018 Hyundai Santro will take on the Renault Kwid and Maruti Celerio.
– New Hyundai Santro 2018 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.
The iconic Santro brand is coming back to India, is indeed a good news for all people who waiting for their beloved hatchback. The South Korean carmaker broke millions of Indian hearts when it discontinued the vehicle 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. Internally known as Hyundai AH2, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 will witness an evolutionary design and an all-new engine setup. However, there is no clarity whether the car will carry the same ‘Santro’ badge or get a new one. Rumour also has it that the 2018 Hyundai Santro might come as a replacement to the Hyundai i10 (not the Grand i10) in India.
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 including electric vehicles and new 2018 Santro. Check Out – Upcoming Hyundai Cars At 2018 Auto Expo
– Tall boy design
– Larger window panels
– Steel wheels with full wheel cover
– Touchscreen infotainment system
Talking to ET Auto, Y K Koo, HMIL Managing Director and CEO, said that the new Hyundai Santro will make a comeback to India near Diwali this year. There is a possibility of the hatchback could be launched in October (2018), as the vehicle was first rolled out in India in the same month in 1998. However, the latest report suggest that the hatchback might come sooner than expected. It could see a release in August, 2018. 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 company is in a process to take a final call on the hatchback badge. Read – New Hyundai Creta – All You Need To Know
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’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 an aim to appeal young buyers, Hyundai might equip its 2018 Santro with several new features and revive its styling thoroughly. Though, the hatchback will retain the original ‘Tall Boy’ design. The hatchback’s new-gen model will be designed on an all-new platform, which is already used in the existing Kia cars. Production of the vehicle will take place in India that 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 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 2018 Hyundai Santro price in India is estimated to be as low as Rs 4 lakh for the entry-level variant, and go all the way up to Rs 6 lakh for the top-end model. Read – Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Might Debut at 2018 Auto Expo
New Hyundai Hatchback Concept
|Engine Options||1.1-litre iRDE and 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & AMT|
As pre the online reports, the 2018 Hyundai Santro carline will come with petrol engine options – a 0.8-litre and a 1.1-litre iRDE. Both the gasoline motors will make use of a 5-speed manual gearbox. If media reports are to be believed, the new Santo will be Hyundai’s first small car to feature an AMT gearbox. This automated manual unit will be developed in-house, and is likely to enhance fuel efficiency of the car. The same transmission could also be used in the upcoming Hyundai Carlino sub-4 meter SUV. 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 specifications are yet to be revealed by the carmaker.
As mentioned in the beginning, the 2018 Hyundai Santro will continue to carry its characteristic tall boy design. Though, it will be a far cry from the old model. Featuring sportier stance and comprehensive design updates, the new Santro will look more refreshing than the previous model. The latest spy picture reveals the rear three-quarter of the car that seems inspired by the Grand i10. That means, the hatchback’s new model might share some of its design bits with the latter one. Read: New Hyundai Verna – Price, Pictures & Features
The spotted model has the larger window panels that suggest there could be more cabin space. The car was fitted with steel wheels wrapped in full wheel cover. As for now, there are no interior details of the hatchback. Though, the 2018 Hyundai Santro is likely to come with a host of new comfort and safety equipment. Features such as a touchscreen infotainment system could be reserved for the top-spec model.
Aiming to revive the legendary Santro brand in India, the company will bring it back with more evolved design, a well-equipped cabin and efficient engine setup. These new attributes will also help the 2018 Hyundai Santro model to give a tough fight the Renault Kwid. In the small car space, it will also take on the Maruti Celerio and the Tata Tiago.
Spy Image Courtesy – Rushlane