Hyundai will launch the all-new Santro hatchback in India on the 23rd of October, 2018. The car will be officially unveiled a couple of weeks before, on the 9th of October. Pre-bookings will commence on the day of the unveiling. Now, a report on MoneyControl states that the new Santro will offer a mileage of 20.1 Kmpl, on both manual and AMT trims.
The report also adds that the car will be powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine. If the mileage figure is correct, it will make the new Santro less fuel efficient than its competition (read, the Maruti Celerio and Tata Tiago). Both the Celerio and Tiago deliver mileages of over 23 Kmpl.
The new Hyundai car is expected to be priced between Rs. 3-4 lakhs. There will be five variants on offer, and ABS will be standard across trims. The car will also get driver and passenger airbags, and reverse parking sensors as additional safety features in most trims.
Another interesting bit about the new, entry-level Hyundai is that it will feature an automated manual transmission option. The AMT equipped variants of the Santro are likely to be very affordable, commanding just a Rs. 50,000 premium over their manual gearbox-equipped counterparts.
The new Hyundai Santro is expected to get a tall-boy design, which could make for airy, spacious interiors, just like what the original model offered. The car will also have class-leading features. One such feature is a touchscreen infotainment console with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the top-spec variants.
With smartphone usage becoming common across age groups, this feature is likely to make the new Santro a lot more appealing to buyers. As for interiors, expect above average levels of equipment and fit-and-finish. These are typical Hyundai traits that are likely to be carried on to the new hatchback as well.
The new Santro will initially sit above the Hyundai Eon in terms of price and positioning, but will eventually replace the latter as the brand’s new entry-level car. A smaller-engined variant of the Santro is likely to be introduced as the Eon replacement.