Hyundai Santro came back to the Indian market after years of disappearance. The hatchback has come back in an all-new avatar and is priced between Rs. 3.9 lakhs and 5.45 lakhs. Being a fresh car in the market, Hyundai India is not officially offering discounts on the Santro. However, the dealership network of the South Korean giant is offering around Rs. 10,000 benefits on the hatchback.
The Santro is high in demand and the bookings have already crossed the 40,000 showing how popular the vehicle has become in the Indian market. Hyundai India dealerships around the Delhi-NCR region are offering 40% discount on own-damage insurance. The dealerships are currently offering the benefit as a part of the year-end discount scheme and it is possible that scheme will be withdrawn after 31st December 2018. The overwhelming demand of the Santro has increased the waiting period to a few weeks and Hyundai India may stop taking any further bookings to cope with the current orders.
The all-new Santro carries the same tallboy design similar to the original model. It is based on the same platform on which i10 was based and is positioned between the entry-level Eon and the Grand i10 but a few changes have been made to ensure that it meets the mandatory safety standards. The new Santro is extremely different from the original model of the vehicle.
The all-new Santro is available only with a petrol engine option. There is a 1.1-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum of 69 PS and a peak torque of 90 Nm. It also gets a CNG version. Apart from a 5-speed manual transmission, there is also 5-speed AMT transmission. Hyundai claims that both manual and automatic versions of the Santro will reform 20.3 km/l. For the first time, Hyundai India has offered an AMT automatic in the market. The 5-speed automatic has been developed internally by Hyundai. The transmission is said to be extremely smooth.
The all-new Santro gets a long list of features. The top-end versions of the Santro offer touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth and Mirror Link. The infotainment system also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is a first-ever feature in the segment. The Santro feels quite premium with the dual-shade dashboard. There are no alloy wheels available even as an optional unit from the brand. Santro uses the steel rims but looks quite good with the Santro. The all-new Santro also offers dual front bags, ABS+EBD, seatbelt reminder, seatbelt alert, reverse parking system, and sensing automatic door lock.
In the coming months, Hyundai is expected to launch a cheaper iteration of the Santro, which will act as an Eon replacement. The cheaper variant is expected to be offered with an 800cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine. Hyundai is also working on various other cars that would be launched in 2019. The Hyundai Styx is one of the most awaited sub-4-meter SUV in the Indian market. Hyundai will also launch a slew of new vehicles including the all-new Elite i20 and the Xcent in the Indian market.