The 2018 Hyundai Santro comes with a pack of segment-first features.
Hyundai’s legendary Santro brand made a grand comeback in India on 23rd October, 2018. With all new-design, well-equipped interior and efficient powertrain, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 has certainly made an impression on the customers. The hatchback’s new-generation model lineup is spread across 5 trims, priced between Rs 3.89 lakh – Rs 5.64 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Designed especially for the Indian market, the 2018 Hyundai Santro is said to be based on six pillars – “modern stylish tallboy design, comfortable and premium cabin, new age technology, customer centric safety, all round performance and complete peace of mind”. Read: 2018 Hyundai Santro – Five Interesting Facts
Design and styling of the new Hyundai Santro 2018 is based on ‘Rhythmical Tension” and the hatchback receives comprehensive upgrades. For enhancing its comfort and safety quotient, Hyundai equips the hatchback with lots of goodies including segment-first 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link along with voice recognition function and rear parking camera display and rear AC vents. Though, it’s devoid of some important features such as height adjustable driver’s seat, adjustable steering wheel, passenger airbag (save the Asta trim) and alloy wheels. Read – New Hyundai Santro Vs Tata Tiago
At the engine front, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 gets a 1.1L, petrol engine that’s claimed to deliver “low vibrations, superior performance and high fuel efficiency”. The hatchback also marks debut of Hyundai’s in-house developed Smart Auto AMT technology. It’s also available with a factory-fitted CNG fuel option.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Key Features
– New platform
– Tallboy design
– Hyundai’s cascade grille with chrome surround
– Larger headlamps
– Dual-tone interior theme
– 7.0-inch touchscreen (segment-first)
– Vertically oriented air-con vents
– Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link
– Voice recognition function
– Rear parking camera display
– Rear AC vents (segment-first)
– Eco Coating Technology
– Driver-side airbag (standard)
– ABS with EBD (standard)
– Smart Auto Technology Read: New Hyundai Santro Vs Maruti WagonR
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Bookings
Online and dealer bookings for the hatchback were opened on 10th October. The first 50,000 customers of the new Santro were to pre-book the car at token amount of Rs 11,100 as an introductory offer. Hyundai is also offering 3 years/100,000kms warranty and 3 year road side assistance with the 2018 Santro. The carmaker claims that it has the lowest cost of maintenance with doorstep service facility.
In October 2018, the hatchback recorded sales of 8,535 units and outsold the Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid that clocked sales of 7,549 units and 6,035 units respectively. Based on the findings of its marketing and sales department, the new 2018 Hyundai Santro has been designed in India by Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. Initially, the production of the hatchback will be India focused. The exports will begin only in 2019, confirmed the company. Check Out: Upcoming Hyundai Cars in India
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Price in India
|Dlite||Rs 3.89 lakh|
|Era||Rs 4.24 lakh|
|Magna||Rs 4.57 lakh|
|Sportz||Rs 4.99 lakh|
|Asta||Rs 5.45 lakh|
|Magna CNG||Rs 5.23 lakh|
|Sportz CNG||Rs 5.64 lakh|
|Magna AMT||Rs 5.18 lakh|
|Sportz AMT||Rs 5.46 lakh|
With respect to design and styling, the 2018 Hyundai Santro (Hyundai AH2) is a far cry from the old model. However, it retains the original ‘Tall Boy’ design. The hatchback’s new-gen model is built on a new platform that consists of high strength steel (HSS) and 63% advanced high strength steel (AHSS). The South Korean carmaker has introduced its in-house Smart Auto AMT technology with the hatchback. This makes the new Santro 2018 (AH2) Hyundai’s first car to the new AMT unit. It’s loaded with several class-leading features and has advanced safety equipment. Read: New Hyundai Santro Vs Renault Kwid
In terms of pricing and positioning, the new 2018 Hyundai Santro sits below the Grand i10 hatchback. With the arrival of cars such as Renault Kwid and Tata Tiago, the competition in the small car segment gets fiercer. Aggressive pricing is one of the key factors that will surely help the new Hyundai hatchback to withstand the new-age competitors. Therefore, the South Korean carmaker has priced the new Hyundai Santro 2018 quite competitively. Prices of the hatchback start from Rs 3.89 lakh for the entry-level Dlite variant and go up to Rs 5.64 lakh for the range-topping Sportz CNG model. Read – Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Might Debut at 2018 Auto Expo
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Specifications
|Max Power||68bhp @ 5,500rpm|
|Max Torque||99Nm @ 4,500rpm|
|CNG||1.1L + CNG kit|
|Max Power||59bhp @ 5,500rpm|
|Max Torque||84Nm @ 4,500rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT, AMT|
As mentioned above, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 houses a 1.1-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine under the hood. Hyundai claims that this gasoline motor delivers “all round performance” with power worth 68bhp (69PS) at 5,500rpm against a peak torque of 99Nm at 4,500rpm. Transmission duties on the hatchback are performed by a 5-speed manual (standard) and new AMT (Smart Auto) gearbox. The new automated manual transmission has been developed in-house and will 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.
The new Hyundai Santro 2018 is the company’s first car to feature the AMT (automatic) unit. It also comes as an option for buyers who are looking for easy-to-drive, compact and budget car. The carmaker uses deadener and carpet felt to reduce engine and road noise. Considering the demand of the CNG-equipped vehicles, the South Korean carmaker also offers a factory-fitted CNG fuel option on the 2018 Hyundai Santro carline. The CNG model generates a peak power of 59bhp at 5,500rpm and 84Nm of torque at 4,500rpm.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Mileage
On the fuel efficiency ground, the 2018 Hyundai Santro is a decent performer. For the record, the company claims that the hatchback returns a mileage of 20.3kmpl (MT/AMT). The CNG model delivers a claimed mileage of 30.5km/g. The hatchback’s new model is said to be tested extensively at 2084m maximum height, 7750kms evaluation, 150kmph of maximum speed and extreme temperature of +40 to -10 degrees.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Exterior
As mentioned in the beginning, the 2018 Hyundai Santro has been designed on a new platform with 63% Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) and High Strength Steel (HSS). It’s not only claimed to achieve optimum static and dynamic stiffness, but improve the structural integrity as well. While the hatchback continues to feature tallboy design, it looks more mature and refreshing than its predecessor. The new Santro shares some of its design bits with its elder sibling – the Grand i10. Read: New Hyundai Verna – Price, Pictures & Features
The front fascia of the new Hyundai Santro 2018 has been entirely revised and looks different from the previous model. Upfront, the hatchback features a revised bumper, larger headlamps and high-mounted fog lamp assembly. It also get Hyundai’s signature cascade front grille with chrome surround. The bumpers, ORVMs and door handles are painted in body-coloured. The 2018 Hyundai Santro sports 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 steel wheels wrapped in full wheel cover are standard across the carline. While the D-lite, Era and Magna trims get 155/80 R13 size of tyres, the Sportz and Asta trims are available with bigger 165/70 R14 tyres. The new Hyundai hatchback is claimed to be a “contemporary family-oriented product” with “bigger and wider” dimensions than the old model.
The overall length, width and height of the 2018 Hyundai Santro stand at 3610mm, 1645mm and 1645mm respectively. The hatchback sits on a 2,400mm of wheelbase, which is around 45mm longer than the old model. The petrol models offer fuel tank capacity of 35-litres and the CNG variants have 35L petrol and 60L CNG capacity.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Colours
The 2018 Hyundai Santro comes in a choice of 7 colours schemes, namely, Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Stardust, Marina Blue, Imperial Beige, Diana Green and Fiery Red.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Interior
The dual-tone (Beige and Black) interior theme with colour extending to fabric seat upholstery gives a premium appearance to the 2018 Hyundai Santro hatchback. The sporty black interior with Diana Green colour inserts are optional on the Magna, Sportz and Astra trims. Features such as Champagne Gold interior colour garnish, Champagne Gold colour inside door handles and room lamp add more to its sporty look. Read – Upcoming 4 Hyundai SUVs in India
The hatchback is the first car its league to feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen flanked by vertically oriented air-con vents. It’s compatible to smartphone connectivity including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link along with voice recognition function and rear parking camera display. The 2018 Hyundai Santro is also the first car its category to offer rear AC vents with claimed best-in-class AC unit.
The 2018 Hyundai Santro is also equipped with the company’s patent ‘Eco Coating Technology’ that degrades the micro-organism in the AC evaporator and prevents unpleasant cabin odour. The 2-DIN integrated audio system is reserved for AMT variants. Other features on offer includes a three-spoke steering wheel with mounted audio controls, a twin-pod instrument console, door lock finished in brushed silver, front power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs and adjustable headrests.
New Hyundai Santro 2018 Competition
The South Korean auto giant has finally revived its legendary Santro brand in the Indian market. Featuring an all-new and more evolved design, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 is a successor to the hatchback. Furthermore, the vehicle comes with a host of new comfort and connectivity features. The hatchback also gets a new powertrain with Hyundai’s in-house developed AMT gearbox with Smart Auto technology. 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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