Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the second-largest car maker in the country, plans to launch a new small car later this year. It has come to light that the company will reveal the market name of its upcoming small car on October 4, 2018. Internally codenamed as the ‘AH2’, this hatchback will be launched towards the end of October. Speculations abound that the company plans to christen its upcoming small car as the ‘Santro’. We feel that resurrecting the Santro moniker makes tremendous sense as it has a huge brand recall. However, we’ve been told that the company plans to launch a campaign wherein Hyundai fans can suggest names for the upcoming offering.
Also, the new car might actually get the ‘Santro’ name but along with a suffix, which will be similar to what the company did with the name of the now-defunct Santro Xing. The upcoming new Hyundai small car is likely to be positioned between the Eon and the Grand i10. Also, Hyundai might even discontinue the Eon and replace it with the lower variants of its new small car. The upcoming Hyundai car will be a petrol-only model that might offer dual-fuel CNG and LPG options for certain markets. The engine will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard. More importantly, the Santro will become the first-ever Hyundai car in India to offer an optional AMT. Prices of the new Santro are likely to start a little north of the Rs. 3 lakh mark. It will go on compete with cars, such as the Maruti WagonR, Celerio, and Tata Tiago.
The new hatchback will be powered by an updated version of the 1.1-litre engine that powered the Santro Xing. For the AH2, this engine will likely offer a higher mileage. Also, it will be BS6-compliant. Our sources inform us that the new car will be underpinned by an updated version of the last-gen i10’s platform. That said, the upcoming small car will be dimensionally larger than the earlier i10. On the inside, the car is expected to have a last-gen i10-like cabin that will offer many features, at least in the top trims. Spy pics have revealed that the car will offer a dashboard-mounted touchscreen infotainment unit.
Source- Autocar India