The all-new 2018 Santro will be the first Hyundai vehicle to get an affordable AMT transmission termed as ‘Smart Auto’
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is all prepared to introduce a brand new affordable hatchback in the domestic market. With the possibilities of Santro moniker returning with a suffix, the upcoming model is expected to have a nostalgic touch to it and target audiences in the entry-level family-based segment.
The Korean automaker will be debuting the all-new Santro this festive season, probably on October 4, as buying sentiments will be on a positive note. It is based on the modified version of old i10’s architecture, the HA. Internally codenamed AH2, the new hatchback will sit between the Eon and Grand i10, and possibly replacing the Eon in the process.
As for the powertrain, the all-new 2018 Hyundai Santro will use a 1.1-litre Epsilon four-cylinder petrol engine that was found under the bonnet of the old i10, but with necessary tweaks to meet latest emission standards and have higher engine outputs. With numerous spy shots captured over the last few months, we now have a clear idea of what is in store.
It has a tall hatch design as evident from the pillars to provide ample interior space and the front end boasts the smallest version of Hyundai’s now-signature Cascading grille assembly. The front bumpers with fog lamps on the high-spec trims go well with the overall design theme of the new Santro.
The 2018 Santro is believed to be priced between Rs. 3.5 lakh and Rs. 6 lakh (ex-showroom). The range-topping models could adorn a touchscreen infotainment system, reverse parking sensor and camera, in-car connectivity with Bluetooth and USB provisions, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, etc.
We can also expect some segment-first features in the 2018 Santro, considering the Hyundai’s knack of positioning its products at an aggressive price range with brimmed equipment level. With dual front airbags and ABS as standard, it will also become the first Hyundai to get a ‘Smart Auto’ AMT transmission as we revealed earlier.
What are your hopes for the new Santro? Will it become another breakthrough product like the original model that set the tone for Hyundai becoming second largest carmaker in the country?