The new Hyundai Santro boasts Cascading grille and follows the tall hatch design with conventional styling cues all around
Hyundai has been testing its all-new small hatchback ahead of its likely debut in September or October. Over the last few months, the test mule of what has been expected to revive the Santro nomenclature has continuously evolved in its appearance and now shed its identity a bit by revealing the front grille.
As we have suspected, the new Santro does have a Cascading front grille, which is sharper and more dynamic than what you could find on old generation Grand i10 and Elite i20. The now-signature grille made its global debut on the latest i30 and has expanded its presence through Hyundai’s range ever since.
Internally codenamed AH2, the upcoming hatchback will be positioned between the entry-level Eon and Maruti Swift rivaling Grand i10. It will fill up the position left by the old i10 and is expected to compete against the likes of Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid in the hotly contested volume space.
The new Santro has a tall hatch design and is reportedly based on the previous i10’s HA architecture and will use a four-cylinder fuel-efficient petrol engine. It will be first model within Hyundai’s lineup to feature a five-speed AMT to address the needs of budget buyers seeking two-pedal technology.
A five-speed manual gearbox will be provided as standard fitment. It is more likely to feature ABS with EBD and airbag standard across the range and is predicted to price in between Rs. 3.5 lakh and Rs. 6 lakh (ex-showroom).
The top-end variants should get touchscreen infotainment system, reverse parking sensors, seat belt with pre-tensioners, alloy wheels, steering mounted controls, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, electrically adjustable ORVMs, height adjustable driver seat, etc.