The new-generation Hyundai Santro will make its way to India in the second half of 2018.
The new Hyundai Santro 2018 might come with two petrol engines - a 0.8-litre and a 1.1-litre iRDE.
Hyundai broke millions of Indian hearts when it discontinued its popular hatchback – Santro – from the market. 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. However, the buzz is that the beloved Santro will make a comeback in India with an evolutionary design and a new set of engines. The new Hyundai Santro 2018 (internally known as Hyundai AH2) will be introduced as a replacement to the Hyundai i10 (not the Grand i10) in India.
– The new 2018 Hyundai Santro is currently in its testing phase. We had the first glimpse of the hatchback’s near-production version when it was caught testing in November, 2017. The spotted prototype was semi camouflaged revealing minor design details of the car. The engine and feature details are yet to be revealed. Continue Reading…
– If media reports are to be believed, the South Korean carmaker is 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. Continue Reading…
– Tall boy design
– Larger window panels
– Steel wheels with full wheel cover
– Touchscreen infotainment system
It’s no secret that Hyundai is working on an all-new hatchback, which is supposed to revive the Santro brand in the country. This new small car is internally called Hyundai AH2. Just to jog your memory, Hyundai India MD & CEO had confirmed that the new-generation Hyundai Santro will be rolled out in the second half of next year. Though the exact launch date is yet to be revealed, it is likely to make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. The biennial event is scheduled to begin on February 9, 2018. Read – New Hyundai Creta – All You Need To Know
The launch of the hatchback is likely to take place in the second half of 2018. There is a possibility of the hatchback make its comeback in October (2018), as the vehicle was first launched in India in the same month in 1998.
The reason behind bringing back the Santro is said to be the consistent interest and queries of customers for the Santro. 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 be 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 attract 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 use an all-new platform, which is already used in the existing Kia cars. This new platform will be produced locally in the country that will further help the carmaker price the vehicle aggressively. In terms of pricing and positioning, the new Santro will fit 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. We believe that 2018 Hyundai Santro price in India will start from 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 latest buzz, the 2018 Hyundai Santro carline could be offered with two petrol powertrains – a 0.8-litre and a 1.1-litre iRDE. Both the gasoline motors will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. If media reports are to be believed, the new Santo will 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.
As mentioned above, the 2018 Hyundai Santro will continue to feature 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 one. The latest spy picture reveals the rear three-quarter of the car that shares a resemblance to the Grand i10. That means, the hatchback’s new model might borrow some of its design elements from 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.
With a more evolved design, a well-equipped cabin and efficient engine setup, the 2018 Hyundai Santro model will give a tough fight to the Renault Kwid. It will also field against the Maruti Celerio and the Tata Tiago.
Spy Image Courtesy – Rushlane