The launch timeline for the all-new Hyundai Santro entry-level hatchback has been revealed. The car will be launched in India in four months from now, which means the car will roll onto roads here in October 2018. Hyundai India seems to be targeting a festive season launch for the Santro, which will sit slightly above the Eon in terms of price and positioning initially. Later, the Eon is likely to be discontinued with the all-new Santro taking its place. It must be noted that Hyundai is yet to settle on the Santro badge for the new hatchback, although it’s very likely that this will happen due to demand from customers and dealers alike.
Puneet Anand, Sr. GM & Group Head – Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said –
The Brilliant Moments campaign will last for four months and will culminate with the launch of a very important and awaited Contemporary Family Car – AH2 (code name) during the festival season.
The Santro was the first-ever car that the South Korean automaker launched in India, and to date remains one of Hyundai’s most popular cars. First introduced in 1998, the Santro went through two major iterations in India. By that yardstick, the all-new Santro – assuming that the new hatchback will be known by this name – will be the third generation model of the car for the Indian market. What we do know about the hatchback is that it’ll be heavily localized and will be very competitively priced. A sub-Rs. 3 lakh starting price is on the cards for the all-new, 2018 Hyundai Santro.
As for other details, the car will use a new, 1.1 litre-4 cylinder petrol engine that will also support LPG and CNG options in specific markets. 5 speed manual and AMT options will be on offer, making the new Santro the first-ever car from Hyundai to be sold with an AMT. As for size, the car is expected to be slightly larger than the first-generation Hyundai i10. Like the previous generations of the Santro, the new car will have a tall-boy design. The 2018 Santro will be Hyundai’s biggest launch of the year. Shortly, cars like the Maruti Alto and the Renault Kwid are expected to feel the heat of the new Santro.