Nearly 20 years ago, in 1998, Hyundai launched its first car for the Indian market – the Santro hatchback – on the 23rd of September. This historic date could be when the all-new Santro for India could be launched, according to the latest crop of rumours about the upcoming tall-boy hatchback. It would be quite apt for the all-new Santro to arrive 20 years after the original one did, but we are yet to get any kind of information from the South Korean automaker. The only clue about the new Santro’s launch is that the car will arrive into India by the end of October, before the festive season comes to an end.
While we’ve been referring to the new hatchback from Hyundai as the Santro, the official name of the car is yet to be announced. However, there’s strong demand from dealers and customers alike, for the Santro badge to be brought back. This is perhaps why almost everyone reporting about the new car is calling it the Santro even before Hyundai has officially announced the name. Coming back to the car, it’ll sit between the Hyundai Eon and Grand i10 models in terms of price and positioning. In the long term, the Santro is expected to replace the Eon in India.
The car will feature a 1.1-litre-4 cylinder petrol engine, which should make about 70 Bhp of peak power. Five-speed manual and AMT options will be offered. The new Santro is expected to be larger than the Hyundai i10 but smaller than the Grand i10. The interiors are likely to be much better than what the competition offers, and Hyundai is also likely to pack the new car with equipment. Don’t be surprised to see a touchscreen infotainment unit with Smartphone connectivity in the top-end trims of the new Santro. As for safety, twin airbags and ABS will be offered on almost all variants, at least as an option.
Here is a video of the new Santro under test in Delhi