Hyundai revived the Santro name on October 23 with an all-new tall-boy hatchback. Now, Indian Autos Blog (IAB) has rendered the Santro Cross, which looks like a slightly raised crossover version of the new hatchback, which will rival the Tata Tiago NRG and Maruti Celerio X if it does make production.
The Hyundai Santro Cross rendering by IAB shows of a tougher looking version of the new Santro which features a slightly raised ground clearance. The Santro Cross features a blacked out front grille and cladding on the front bumper. The cladding extends around the sides of the Santro Cross including the wheel arches and onto the back bumper. The doors feature moulding as well which adds to the rugged look of the car. Adding to the unique look of the Santro Cross are the snazzy alloy wheels which are finished off in silver.
The blacked out treatment extends to various parts of the Santro Cross including roof and the integrated roof rails, door handles, outside rearview mirrors.
The Hyundai Santro Cross is expected to feature a softer suspension setup and higher ground clearance if it goes into production. Expect a few changes in the interior as well to help distinguish it from the regular Santro.
Under the hood, the Santro Cross is expected to keep the regular car’s 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine that will comply with BS-VI emission norms. The naturally aspirated engine produces 68 Bhp at 5,500 rpm and 99 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm and returns a mileage of 20.3 km/l. The Santro is also available in CNG guise though the engine performance suffers only cranking out 58 Bhp and 85 Nm of torque while returning a mileage of 30.5 km/kg. The Santro Cross is expected to be offered with both the 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox options seen on the Santro.
If Hyundai does decide to put the Santro Cross into production, the launch of the crossover hatchback could happen in a few years time to allow the Santro to re-establish its hold on the segment. Prices for the Santro Cross could end up being around Rs 30,000-40,000 above the equivalent Santro model if and when the new cars arrive in showrooms