The new Hyundai Santro has been well-received among Indian customers so far and it gets a first-time official offer
The new Hyundai Santro was recently nominated for World Urban Car of the year along with Kia Soul and Suzuki Jimny in the 2019 World Car Awards and it became the first made-in-India car to take such an honour. As part of the celebration, Hyundai has announced an offer for the hatchback – a three-gram gold coin.
The South Korean auto major introduced the new Santro on October 23 and it became an instant hit by garnering 8,535 unit sales in the same month and played a key role in Hyundai attaining 5 per cent YoY sales growth. Costing between Rs. 3.89 lakh to Rs. 5.64 lakh (ex-showroom), the Santro has renewed its old rivalry with the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R that received a new generation in January 2019.
The Santro also has export importance for the brand as Hyundai wants to ship one-fourth of the total production from Sriperumbudur facility to elsewhere from this year. However, domestic sales have been the primary target all along. Hyundai achieved more than 23,500 pre-bookings right before the launch and the numbers only increasing in the due course.
The Santro got past 9,000 sales mark in November 2018 and in February 2019, a total of 6,875 units were retailed. Hyundai averaged around 7,500 units of the new Santro monthly so far and it stands in testament to its high popularity. It rivals Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Renault Kwid.
The hatchback can be had in a choice of seven paint schemes such as Polar white, Marina blue, Fiery red, Imperial beige, Diana Green, Typhoon Silver and Stardust Grey. The Santro comes equipped with segment first features such as reverse parking camera and rear air conditioning vents and is made of 63 per cent high strength steel complying with stringent safety standards.
It derives power from a 1.1-litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 69 PS and 99 Nm torque and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A five-speed Smart Auto AMT is offered as an option with ARAI-rated fuel economy of 20.3 kmpl. The CNG version pushing out 59 PS and 84 Nm is claimed to return 30.5 km/kg.