Hyundai India had confirmed that it will bring in a new ‘family-oriented’ car with “contemporary” styling that will also mark debut of the brand’s in-house-developed AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox. The new small car is likely to the new-generation model of the Santro hatchback that was discontinued in 2014. According to a fresh report, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 AMT automatic variant will be named ‘Smart Auto’.
Unlike the other car manufacturers that source AMT from Magneti Marelli or Ricardo, Hyundai will develop its own AMT and introduce it on its lower-end products. Currently, the South Korean carmaker uses the conventional torque converter in its automatic models. Though, the higher costs and lower fuel efficiency have put off the budget buyers. Pictures – Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition Looks Super Cool
While Maruti Suzuki promotes its AMT technology as ‘Auto Gear Shift’ (AGS) and Tata as ‘Self-Shift Gears’, Hyundai will name it ‘Smart Auto’. Just so you know, the South Korean carmaker forename its latest technologies such as Smart Key with Push Button Start, Smart Electric Sunroof and Smart Key Band. Read – New Hyundai Santro Rendering Reveals Possible Design
Hyundai remains tight lipped on the launch and other details of the new-generation Santro, which is internally known as AH2. Reports suggest that the new hatchback will make use the 1.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that could be updated for producing better power and torque figures. Hyundai’s new small car will sit between the Eon and Grand i10. Check Out – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India
As far as the launch is concerned, the new Hyundai Santro is likely to hit showrooms during 2018 festive season (probably in October). While the old Santro was launched at Rs 2.99 lakh, the new-generation model is estimated to be priced below Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom).
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