To be positioned between Eon and Grand i10, the new Hyundai Santro will challenge the likes of Renault Kwid 1.0, Tata Tiago and Maruti Celerio
South Korean automaker, Hyundai will soon give a mid-life makeover to its popular SUV – Creta. Besides, the company will re-introduce the Santro nameplate in the Indian market. The company will slot the new model between Grand i10 and Eon. It is quite early that the new compact car will carry the Santro badge, but reports claim that the new model will be called new gen Santro. Here we bring you top 5 facts about the upcoming Hyundai Santro hatchback –
– AMT Gearbox
The new generation Santro will be the company’s first product to feature an AMT gearbox. This will be a 5-speed unit. It is expected that the new AMT gearbox will be developed in-house by the manufacturer. AMT gearbox is cheaper than the conventional torque convertors & CVT units, which will help the automaker to achieve aggressive pricing for the Santro AMT. Read more…
– i10 Replacement
Hyundai has recently phased out the popular i10 hatchback to make way for this new compact car. To be positioned between the Eon and Grand i10, the new model will come as a replacement for the i10 hatchback.
– Festive Season Launch
Hyundai has confirmed that the new Santro will be launched in the second half of this year. We believe that the Korean company is targeting festive season for the introduction of this hatchback. A possible launch around September/October can’t be ignored. Also See – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India
– Crossover-ish Design
Likely to be based on i10 platform, the new generation Santro will carry a crossover-ish design. The new model will be taller, wider and longer than the i10, but it will carry more aggressive design to attract young buyers. This entry-level car could feature aggressive creases, sloping roofline and sportier rear-profile.
With crossover-like looks, Hyundai is aiming to target Renault Kwid 1.0L and the Tata Tiago. If media reports are to be believed, the Korean automaker is aiming at aggressive pricing for this new model. It is likely to cost around Rs 3.5 lakh, which will make it a direct rival the Kwid 1.0L and Tiago.