Hyundai is preparing for the launch of a brand new hatchback in India, which is currently code-named the AH2. It’s very likely that the South Korean automaker will bring back the Santro badge on the new car. Here is yet another render that shows what the all-new Santro could look like.
A new set of spyshots revealed that the 2018 Santro would get the cascading grille, which is now a standard styling element on most new Hyundai cars. Also, the new car is expected to have a tall-boy design just like the original model. The new Santro is expected to be one of the more attractive looking cars in the entry-level hatchback segment. It’ll compete with cars, such as the Maruti Alto K10, the Renault Kwid and some variants of the Tata Tiago. It’s expected to sit in between the Eon and the Grand i10 in terms of price and positioning.
The new Santro will be a petrol-only car and Hyundai could add LPG and CNG dual fuel options to the car for specific markets of India where there are LPG and CNG dispensing stations. For now, we also know that the new Santro will be the first Hyundai car to offer an automated manual transmission as an option. A five-speed manual gearbox will be standard though. The car is likely to have a 1.1 litre-4 cylinder petrol engine although we can’t rule out a smaller, 800-cc, triple cylinder motor on entry level variants.
Hyundai is said to be contemplating a September 2018 launch for this car, which means that we’re just a couple of months away from what promises to be the automaker’s biggest launch for this year. Hyundai has already begun video campaigns, that revolve around the old Santro, which make us believe that the new car will also use the same badging. The Eon has been losing steam in the entry-level hatchback segment, and the Santro is the car that Hyundai can bank on for big numbers.