Hyundai India has jcust released a sketch of the all-new Santro hatchback, a car that will be launched in India in a few weeks from now. The all-new Santro will get a suffix attached to the Santro badge. This will allow Hyundai to retain the Santro moniker along with a new nameplate differentiating the car from the older Santro models, such as the original Santro, the Santro Zip and the Santro Xing. Coming to the sketch released by Hyundai, it depicts a hatchback quite predictably. A tall-boy form factor – something that has been common on all Santros launched in India – is another facet of the sketch, which also shows a prominent kink in the window-line.
The all-new Santro will sit between the Eon and Grand i10 initially but is eventually expected to fully replace the Eon, in the Indian market. Once that happens, the car will be Hyundai’s entry-level model, rubbing shoulders with vehicles, such as the Maruti Alto and the Renault Kwid.
In terms of pricing, expect the car to initially sit in the Rs. 3-4 lakh bracket, eventually getting cheaper and entering the Rs. sub-3 lakh segments. The car will be the first Hyundai to get an automated manual transmission option, which will eventually be offered on more budget Hyundai cars sold in India.
The Santro will feature a petrol engine, displacing under 1.1 litres. This engine will also be offered in LPG-Petrol and CNG-Petrol options. The new Santro will get Hyundai’s cascading grille design up front and will also meet the new Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) crash test norms. The Santro badge is making a comeback into India more than half a decade after the Hyundai Santro Xing was discontinued. The South Korean automaker is going all out to capitalise on the goodwill the Santro badge has in India, and has already begun a series of promotional activities that include nostalgia videos and also a crowd sourced name for the new car.
Hyundai is also running a contest, NaamKaran, to invite all of us to give our suggestions for the name of this new car : have a look!