Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has been busy testing the upcoming AH2, an all-new small car that is most likely to resurrect the Santro moniker. A test mule of the upcoming car has been spotted by ‘AllHyundaiCars’ of The Automotive India forum. The next-generation 2018 Hyundai Santro will launch in August this year. It’s worth mentioning here that the Santro brand enjoys a huge fan following in the country. Hence, naming the upcoming small car as the Santro can be a huge advantage because of the strong brand recall.
The next-gen 2018 Hyundai Santro is based on the same platform that underpins the last-generation i10 hatchback. Furthermore, the new car will use an updated version of the earlier i10’s 1.1-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine. As per our source in the company, the next-gen Hyundai Santro will be slightly larger in dimensions than the earlier i10. While Hyundai Motor India Ltd has been somewhat tight-lipped about the upcoming small car, Y K Koo, MD & CEO of HMIL, has said that the new car will be a “contemporary family-oriented product”. He has further commented that the AH2 will be “bigger and wider”, thereby hinting at the car’s large dimensions. The various spy images we have seen so far reveal that the next-gen Santro has a tallboy architecture that could make the car taller than even the last-gen i10. The car also looks sufficiently wide, which means there is a good chance that the interior will be pretty airy.
Powering the new car will be a new version of the 1.1-liter, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that has powered the last-gen i10 as well as the last-gen Santro. We expect this engine to output a maximum power of roughly 70 PS along with a peak torque of 100 Nm. The new Santro will become the first car from Hyundai India to offer an AMT. Other than the automated manual transmission, the new car will also offer class-leading features such as a dashboard-mounted touchscreen interface for the infotainment system. The new Santro will be slotted between the Eon and the Grand 10 in the company’s large product portfolio. Prices of the new car will likely start at Rs 3 lakh. The fully loaded AMT-equipped model will likely cost more than Rs 5 lakh. The 2018 Hyundai Santro will rival cars like the Renault Kwid 1.0 AMT, Maruti Celerio and Tata Tiago.