South Korean carmaker Hyundai is all set to launch the new Santro during the festive season. Now, Carwale has revealed that the launch date for the all-new Hyundai Santro will be October 23, 2018, though the new car will be unveiled a few weeks earlier on October 9.
The unveiling date will also reveal the name of the car which will have the name Santro as a suffix with another name added on, similar to how the i10 and the i20 became the Grand i10 and Elite i20, respectively.
The all-new Hyundai Santro will be based on the same platform that underpinned the previous i10. However, the Santro will be larger in size compared to the old i10. Powering the new Santro will be an updated version of Hyundai’s 1.1-litre petrol engine that was seen on the old Santro Xing. The engine will be updated to meet BS-Vi emission norms when it arrives under the bonnet of the new Santro. The new 1.1-litre engine will come paired to a manual gearbox and for the first time ever on a Hyundai, an AMT, which will be branded as Smart Drive.
In terms of styling, the new Santro will retain the original’s tall boy design. However, the tall boy design will be more in line with Hyundai’s Fluidic Design 2.0 philosophy. So expect a Santro more in line with the design of the current Grand i10 and Elite i20. The interiors of the new Santro will feature a dual-tone beige and black theme.
When it arrives in India on October 23, the new Santro will comply with India’s new safety program for vehicles, the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) and will feature multiple airbags and ABS as standard kit, both of which are mandatory under the new safety norms.
The new Hyundai Santro is expected to replace the Eon as Hyundai’s most affordable car on sale in India. The Eon is expected to be phased out of the Indian car market after the launch of the Santro as it does not meet the new safety and emission standards that go into effect over the next two years.