Hyundai is all set to launch the all-new Santro on the 23rd of October, 2018, as a new entry-level hatchback. The new Santro will be sandwiched between the Eon and Grand i10 hatchbacks in terms of price and positioning. The new car’s production estimates of 8,000-10,000 units per month indicate that Hyundai isn’t planning to outsell the WagonR or for that matter even the Tata Tiago. Rather, the car could operate as a entry-level hatchback that looks, feels and is priced at a slight premium over established competition, read Tata Tiago and WagonR.
While the price announcement of the all-new Hyundai Santro will happen only on the 23rd of October, estimates suggest a number close to the Rs. 4 lakh mark. At this price point, the new Santro will be much more pricier than the Tata Tiago but will be similarly priced to the likes of the Maruti WagonR and Celerio models.
Considering that the Santro will be offered with a driver airbag, ABS+EBD and rear AC vents as standard across trims, a price tag that’s slightly higher than that of the Maruti WagonR cannot be ruled out. This is in line with Hyundai’s traditional pricing approach that positions its cars slightly above those of Maruti’s in terms of pricing.
The new Santro will not only be sold in India but will also be exported to emerging markets in Europe, South East Asia and Latin America. India will be a major production hub for the new car, which is making a comeback 20 years after the first model was launched here.
The Santro will be powered by a 1.1 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine with 69 PS-96 Nm outputs. This motor will get 5 speed manual and AMT options. Petrol and CNG options will be on offer. The new car is rated at a fuel efficiency of 20.3 Kmpl, which is significantly lower than the numbers claimed by the likes of the Maruti WagonR and Tata Tiago.