After launching the new Verna mid-sized sedan, Hyundai will launch a range of new cars in the Indian market in the next 2 years. The first model to be launched will be a compact car, which is expected to be positioned between Eon and Grand i10. Likely to be called next-gen Hyundai Santro, the new model will also be the company’s first product to feature an AMT gearbox. The new AMT gearbox will be developed in-house by the manufacturer.
Codenamed AH, the new compact car will rival the likes of Tata Tiago, Maruti Celerio and Renault Kwid 1.0. If reports are to be believed, the compact car will be launched in the second half of 2018, around Diwali. The new model is likely to make its global debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. The new model will not feature tall-boy design instead it will have a crossover-ish profile.
This new compact car will be designed in India by Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. It will be designed on an all-new platform that also underpins the new breed of Kia cars. India will also work as a manufacturing hub for this small car. Besides crossover-ish design, the small car will get a well-equipped cabin and efficient engine setup. Read More – Hyundai Cars At Auto Expo 2018
The next generation Santro is expected to come with two petrol engine options – a 1.1-litre iRDE and a 1.2-litre Kappa. While the former will be sourced from the pre-facelift Grand i10, the 1.2L unit currently powers the Xcent and Grand i10 facelifts. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and an AMT unit.
The Korean auto brand is also working on a compact SUV, which will be based on the Carlino concept unveiled at the 2016 Auto Show. This compact SUV is expected to be developed on the Grand i10 platform. It will rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon.