After a gap of several years, Hyundai re-launched the Santro brand in the Indian market. The all-new hatchback was launched at Rs 3.9 lakh, ex-showroom for the D-Lite variant. However, the South Korean manufacturer has silently updated the variants to introduce a new Era Executive version and discontinue the earlier base version of the car – D-Lite. With the update, the Hyundai Santro now starts at Rs 4.15 lakh, making it Rs 25,000 more expensive than the earlier base version of the car.
The all-new Hyundai Santro takes on the likes of Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Tata Tiago in the Indian market. Even after the price hike, the Hyundai Santro remains cheaper than both the vehicles. The Maruti Suzuki WagonR’s base price is Rs 4.34 lakh while the Tata Tiago is priced at Rs 4.4 lakh. All prices ex-showroom, Delhi. It should be noted that the all-new Maruti Suzuki WagonR, which was launched earlier this year gets a top-end variant priced at Rs 5.44 lakh while the Santro’s fully-loaded version is priced at Rs 5.5 lakh.
The new Era Executive trim of the Hyundai Santro offers a range of features like body-coloured bumpers, front power windows and a manual air conditioning system. The extra features that the Era Executive offers over the now-discontinued D-Lite version include all these features mentioned above. The Hyundai Santro Era, which was already present in the lineup offers a few extras over the Era Executive including a front power socket and rear AC vents. With the mandatory safety feature list, the new variant also gets ABS, EBD and a driver-side airbag. However, there is no rear parking sensor available with the new variant.
To take on the highly competitive rivals, Hyundai has added a few minor changes in the other variants too. The mid-spec variant Magna CNG and manual versions now get a 2-DIN audio system, which was only available with the AMT version of the Magna variant. Also, customers of the Santro Sportz AMT will get new features like a rear parking camera, passenger-side airbag and front pre-tensioners with load limiter seatbelts. The price of the variants, however, remain the same. It should be noted that the Hyundai Santro’s Manga AMT version already offered these features in the Indian market.
The Hyundai Santro was launched in the Indian market after a gap of several years. The Santro is based on a modified platform of the Hyundai i10, which has been discontinued in the Indian market. The hatchback currently gets powered only by a petrol engine with an optional CNG option. The 1.1-litre engine of the Santro delivers a maximum power of 69 PS on petrol, which comes down to 59 PS with the CNG. Hyundai also introduced the AMT transmission in the Indian market for the first time with the Santro and it is quite popular in the market too.