We’re days away from witnessing Hyundai’s biggest unveils of 2018 – the all-new Santro entry-level hatchback. New information about the car has come in straight from Hyundai India’s CEO, YK Koo. Based on the new information and other reports on the car, here are 5 things you need to know about the brand new Hyundai.
AMT (automated manual transmission) equipped cars are making waves in India, changing the way Indian car buyers commute. This convenient and cost effective automatic gearbox option will finally be offered on a Hyundai, and the Santro will be the first car to get it. The 2018 Santro will offer a 5 speed AMT option, apart from the manual gearbox.
But launch only by Diwali!
While the 2018 Santro, code-named the AH2, will be shown at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, it won’t be until Diwali this year before the car will be market launched here. The launch in the second half of the year will have price and variant announcements. Bookings are likely to begin a few weeks ahead of launch.
And it’ll replace the i10 here
The Santro isn’t meant to replace the Eon. Instead, the new hatchback will take the i10’s position. A key pointer to this is the fact that the car will be taller and wider than the i10, hinting at plenty of space and positioning above the Eon. The new car will be priced between Rs. 3-4 lakhs.
Petrol, plus CNG
The Santro is expected to get a brand new, 800cc-3 cylinder petrol engine. Given the growing demand for CNG equipped variants in the entry-level space, Hyundai will also offer factory fitted CNG kits on the car for specific markets of India where CNG dispensing outlets are present.
Oh, and Santro badge isn’t 100 % confirmed
While the Santro badge is what most of us know the new car by, Hyundai has officially not confirmed if the badge will be brought back on the 2018 hatchback. However, its CEO has indicated that dealers, customer and the market strongly favours the badge, which means that it’s highly likely to make a comeback.