Korean automaker, Hyundai will launch 8 new cars in the Indian car market by 2020. The first model to go on sale is the new-generation Santro hatchback, codenamed AH2 before Diwali 2018. If reports are to be believed, the new small car will be the cheapest model in the country. This means that Hyundai will discontinue the current most affordable offering – Eon from the market.
The report claims that the Hyundai Eon will be discontinued by the end of the December, as it is not compliant with forthcoming safety and emission norms. In fact, Hyundai’s local unit is reportedly informed some of its vendors about plans to suspend Eon’s production. The new Santro with better structural integrity and safety features would serve as the brand’s most affordable car in India.
The new-generation Santro small hatch will use the same platform that was used to develop the discontinued i10 model. This platform will be modified for better structural integrity. Expect dual front airbags and ABS with EBD to be standard in the new model. The new model is expected to make its official debut in October, 2018. The hatch will be powered by the older i10’s 1.1-litre petrol engine that produces 68bhp and 100Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. It will also be the brand’s first model to feature an AMT gearbox. Also See – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India
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What’s more interesting is that Hyundai will not phase out the Eon’s platform and will tweak this platform for better structural integrity. The report claims that this platform will be used to develop new vehicles. Hyundai is also considering a micro SUV to challenge the likes of Renault Kwid and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Future S concept based compact car. We believe that the new micro SUV will use the stronger i10 platform instead of Eon’s.