Hyundai India is all set to bring back its popular hatchback, Santro in the Indian market. It broke many hearts when its production was halted way back in December 2014 in the country. With an evolutionary design and a new set of engines, the all-new Hyundai Santro facelift is here to make a comeback in a completely new avatar. Moreover, India is going to be the global manufacturing hub of the hatchback, from where the car will be exported to the international markets as well.
Hyundai Santro was launched for the first time in 1998 and was one of the major reasons behind the huge success of the South Korean carmaker in India over the years. Now, with the all-new Santro making its way back to India, it is expected to replace the Hyundai i10 in the company’s line-up. It is internally christened as Hyundai AH2 and is likely to make its first public figure at 2018 Auto Expo.
Now, when the all-new Santro is back in the business, it would be quite interesting to know more about it. Let’s check out what new it has got to keep you interested.
What’s new in design?
The spy images of the new Santro clearly reveal that the car continues its tall boy stance with several significant changes over the previous model. It borrows some of its styling cues from the Hyundai i10, offering a refreshing and sportier stance than ever before.
The noticeable changes made in the hatchback are the inclusion of a body-coloured radiator grille, black finished front bumper and the black ORVMs. The side profile gets minimal running lines to look appealing and sports alloy wheels. The rear profile of the car is upgraded with a newly designed tailgate and tail lamps. Moreover, there is also a rear spoiler present. New colour options will be included to offer a completely refreshing exterior look.
Interior comforts and features
The 2018 Hyundai Santro gets a slightly roomy cabin with improved headroom and legroom. The comfort and convenience elements have been improved as it gets new fabric upholstery to offer comfortable seats. The interior flaunts a dual-tone theme with updated aesthetics. The presence of infotainment system and multi-functional instrument console are expected to be restricted to the top-end trims only.
The 2018 Hyundai Santro is most likely to be offered with two petrol engines – 0.8-litre and 1.1-litre units. Both the gasoline engines are paired with a standard five-speed manual gearbox and offer a front-wheel-drive (FWD) system. The expected mileage of the car is around 20 kmpl to 25 kmpl.
Seeing the popularity of automated manual transmission option, the company is also planning to introduce an AMT gearbox in the car. The AMT unit will be manufactured in-house, which will certainly improve the fuel-efficiency of the car as well.
Safety and driveability
The braking system of the all-new Santro includes disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes at the rear ones. As it is placed between the Hyundai Eon and Hyundai i10 in the company’s portfolio, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) will be available as optional across the variants for safe braking. One can expect at least single airbag in the mid-level variant, while dual airbags in the top-end trims to be on offer as safety features.
The refinement of the engines and its transmission along with the changes in the body dynamics is expected to deliver a better driveability to the buyer. Moreover, the improvements in the steering system along with the easy-to-operate control pedals would surely offer a better driving experience.
2018 Hyundai Santro: A budget-friendly car
The all-new Santro facelift will be the entry-level hatchback from the company and the starting price of the car is expected to be around Rs. 3 lakh (ex-showroom), which can go up to Rs. 6 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end variant. You can know more about the details of the variants on Autoportal.com. It will be up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Renault Kwid, and Tata Tiago.
The reason behind bringing back the hatchback in the country is the consistent queries and interest of the customers about the Santro. Hyundai India is looking to counter the current favourite hatchback, Renault Kwid, that has managed to overshadow most of its rivals. It is being brought back to India in order to attract young buyers who might love the new features and styling of the budget-friendly car.