Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the second-largest selling car manufacturer in the country, will soon launch an all-new hatchback that is likely to go on sale under the Santro moniker. Codenamed the AH2, this hatchback will find itself slotted below the Hyundai Grand i10. One of the major highlights of the upcoming small car from Hyundai will be its Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). As per a recent report, this AMT, which will be the carmaker’s first such transmission in India, will even make it to the next-generation Hyundai i10 and the current Elite i20. It may be noted here that the new-gen Hyundai Grand i10 is due next year and will take on the hot-selling Maruti Suzuki Swift.
The company expects the AMT-equipped variants of the upcoming Santro to account for at least 20 per cent of the total sales. The new-gen Santro will go on to rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid, and Datsun Redigo. All these cars already offer an optional AMT with their 1.0-litre petrol engines. Hence, the availability of an optional AMT on the new Santro, which will be powered by a 1.1-litre petrol unit, should help the new car become a worthy rival to its well-established competitors.
Like we said, this AMT will even make it to the next-gen Hyundai Grand i10, which is likely to launch in India by the end of next year. Moreover, the same transmission could even be offered on the Elite i20 premium hatchback. Currently, the Elite i20 offers a CVT automatic transmission. However, replacing the CVT with the AMT can help the company price the car more competitively.
Recently, Hyundai announced that it plans to launch as many as eight new models in the next two years as part of its new product offensive in the Indian car market. Offering some of its upcoming cars, including the next-gen Hyundai Grand i10, with an Automated Manual Transmission, makes tremendous sense as it can help the company price the automatic variants of its cars competitively.