Revival of Santro name for the new hatchback is expected to boost Hyundai’s volume by a big margin; will be pivotal in achieving 10 million vehicle production by H1 2021
Hyundai has aggressive plans for the Indian market that includes eight new cars between now and 2020 with emphasis on premium segments as well. With the help of new launches and existing popular vehicles, the second largest automaker in the country has set a target of rolling out 10 million vehicles cumulatively by the first half of 2021.
Of the eight launches, Hyundai is investing big money on the upcoming Santro as it’s expected to be a volume hit among entry-level buyers contributing to majority of the total market share. The all-new 2018 Hyundai Santro has been spied on test several times over the last few months, fuelling its approaching launch timeline.
It will enter Hyundai’s showrooms across the country by this festive season around Diwali and is hoping to make a huge shakeup in the pecking order. Hyundai could announce the official name of the upcoming hatchback soon with Santro followed by a likely fan voted suffix, just as Kia approached regular audience seeking nomenclature for its production model based on SP Concept.
The soon-arriving Santro boasts the smaller version of cascading front grille and has tall pillars signalling sufficient room for the occupants inside. It could act as a replacement to the Eon but will be positioned above it in the Rs. 3.5-6 lakh (ex-showroom) price range. Sitting underneath the Grand i10, it is reported to be based on the old i10’s HA platform with updates to meet safety standards.
It will go head-to-head with Renault Kwid and Tata Tiago besides entry-level Maruti Suzuki vehicles and is expected to be powered by a 1.1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. As we revealed, the new hatchback will be the first Hyundai to come equipped with an AMT transmission dubbed ‘Smart Auto’, while a five-speed manual ‘box will be offered as standard.
The interior will focus on space along with having good quality materials. Going by Hyundai’s nature of offering more for less, the top-end variants could feature touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity options. Dual airbags and ABS are expected to be standard across the range.