The Korean manufacturer recently conducted a customer survey for the upcoming hatchback and the company previewed new Santro for selected customers at a private event
Hyundai is developing new generation of Santro which is going to be introduced in India later this year. The Korean manufacturer recently conducted a customer survey for the upcoming hatchback and the company previewed new Santro for selected customers at a private event. They were not allowed to take pictures, but more details of Santro have been revealed
The new generation Santro get big headlamps with fog lamps just under it and it is similar to what European i10 DRLs. The front design is dominated by Hyundai cascading grille. Like headlamps, the tail lamps are also bigger and the design is similar to Grand i10. The Santro also get black inserts on rear bumper from Grand i10. The mirrors also get integrated indicators along with electric OVRMs and rear wipers.
The interior of Santro is modern with three spoke multifunction steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls. The controls for power window is placed behind gear lever which is awkward considering that most of the models get it on door. The rear gets a bottle holder which is placed between the front seats.
Hyundai has given fixed head rests on all four seats. The boot space is average and the rear suspension eats into the boot which reduces the volume. The Santo comes with space to install CNG kit but whether this will be available from the launch is not known yet. But the Santro misses out on push button start and key less or may be the model showcased was a lower variant.
Hyundai has given pull type handle for the door and they don’t have alloy wheels also. The logo’s and variant badges have been covered on the model. Hyundai Santro is expected to be powered by 1.0 L 3 cylinder or 1.2 L Kappa series engine from Grand i10. This engine is mated to 5 speed manual and it will be the first model to come with AMT transmission. Hyundai Santro compete against Renault Kwid and Maruti Suzuki Celerio.