Hyundai Motor India Ltd has been busy readying an all-new small car that will launch later this year. The new car will become the second-generation Santro and will be a thoroughly modern car. Here are 10 things you need to know about it.
Launch by August
Our sources have confirmed that the new Santro, which has been codenamed as the AH2, will launch in August this year. The upcoming model has already been spied on numerous occasions. Bookings are likely to open in July and the variant names and prices will be officially revealed at the time of the launch.
Santro name not confirmed
While speculations are rife that the new model will become the next Santro, Hyundai is yet to officially confirm this. Currently, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. officials are referring to the upcoming car simply by its codename (AH2). That said, naming this car as the Santro can actually turn out to be a beneficial move. The Santro is a successful brand name and can give this car a headstart in the market.
Will replace old i10 and not Eon
Unlike what has been reported by many, the upcoming hatchback won’t be a replacement for the Eon. Instead, it will become a logical successor to the erstwhile first-gen i10. The new car will find itself slotted between the Eon and the Grand i10 in the company’s product portfolio.
First Hyundai to get AMT
The new Santro will become the first-ever Hyundai model to have an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). AMT-equipped cars have been selling well in the country due to their low cost, easy maintenance, and high frugality. The next-gen Santro will get a 5-speed AMT that will help it rival the AMT-equipped variants of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio and the Tata Tiago.
Updated version of old 1.1-litre petrol engine
The next-gen Santro will get its juice from a four-cylinder petrol engine. Our sources reveal that this engine will be an updated version of the 1.1-litre iRDE motor that powered the first-gen i10 and the earlier Santro. Back then, the motor offered a maximum power of 63 bhp along with a peak torque of 91 Nm. It had a claimed mileage of 17.92 kmpl. There are good chances that the updated motor would offer a better mix of performance and mileage.
Underpinning the new Santro will be the earlier i10’s platform. Hence, there are very good chances of the new car being dynamically well-sorted. Moreover, using an existing platform should help the carmaker price its cars ultra-competitively. Prices of the new car are expected to start at Rs 3 lakh.
Dashboard mounted touchscreen
Spy images have revealed that the new-gen Santro will offer a dashboard-mounted touchscreen infotainment unit. While it’s not known if the touch unit would offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, we are pretty sure it would offer at least phone pairing through Bluetooth. Also, the touchscreen unit should help the new car have an advantage over cars like the Maruti Celerio.
Bigger than i10
While the new car will share its underpinnings with the old i10, our sources reveal that the new Santro will be a full 10 mm taller than the old i10. It will be 10-15 mm wider, too. The cabin will offer sufficient space to accommodate five adults. This will make the new car one of the most spacious options in its segment.
India first country to get it
The new Santro will go on sale in many growing markets. However, India will become the first country to receive the new hatchback. Some South American markets, like that of Brazil, are expected to get the new car sometime after its India launch.
The first-gen Hyundai Santro became the first tallboy hatchback for India. Even the earlier i10 offered a tallboy architecture. The next-gen Santro will follow the footsteps of its predecessors. A tallboy architecture should lead to an airy cabin.