It has become fairly well-known that Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) is working on the next-generation 2018 Hyundai Santo. The next-gen Santro has been internally codenamed as the ‘AH2’ and will launch in August this year. It may be noted here that the earlier Santro enjoyed a huge popularity in the Indian car market. Hence, the upcoming hatchback could hugely benefit by using the same nameplate. The upcoming entry-level hatchback has been spied testing yet again.
The upcoming next-gen Hyundai Santro is based on the platform of the last-gen Hyundai i10. It even uses the same 1.1-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that powered the old car. As per our sources, the 2018 Santro will have larger dimensions than the last-gen i10. While the company has been rather tight-lipped about the upcoming model, Y K Koo, MD & CEO of HMIL, has said that the upcoming car will be a “contemporary family-oriented product”. He has also said that the AH2 will be “bigger and wider”, which hints at the car’s larger dimensions. As can be made out from the spy images we have here, the next-gen Santro will have a tallboy architecture. Hence, the interior is likely to be airy.
The 1.1-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine will be updated to offer a good mix of performance and mileage. Expect the motor to output a maximum power of 70 PS along with a peak torque of 100 Nm. The motor will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission. However, the next-gen Santro will become the first-ever HMIL product to offer an AMT option. The new car will offer class-leading features like a dashboard-mounted touchscreen interface for the infotainment unit. The new Santro will be positioned between the Eon and the Grand i10. Prices are expected to start at roughly Rs 3 lakh. The fully-loaded AMT-equipped model could cost upwards of Rs 5 lakh. The upcoming 2018 Hyundai Santro will go on to rival the likes of Maruti Celerio and Tata Tiago.