Hyundai is India’s second largest car manufacturer in India. They have a variety of models in their portfolio but, one of the product that helped this Korean car manufacturer become popular in our market was the Hyundai Santro hatchback. It got launched in India back in 1998 and was in sale for many years. The car was discontinued from the market for a short while and the new-gen Santro came back in 2018. The first gen Santro was known as Santro Zip and it was one of the most modern looking car back then. Here we have a rare footage of the first gen Hyundai Santro that shows the car inside out.
The video has been uploaded by WildFilmsIndia on their YouTube channel. The video footage shows the first gen Hyundai Santro in a walkaround video. It looks like a the video was shot when the car had arrived at a dealership. The Hyundai Santro was introduced as a city car and it was on sale from 1998 to 2014.
Hyundai Santro was available in international market under different names. Hyundai named Santro has actually been derived from a famous French city, Saint-Tropez which is known for fashion. Santro when launched was as a fashionable car that was appealing to the youth of that time. It had a curvy overall design. The headlamps, fog lamps even the grilles had a curvy design. A similar theme was seen inside the cabin as well. It offered AC which was a premium feature and also had round AC vents and buttons.
The car had fabric material on the door pads and similar type of material was used on the seats as well. In comparison to the cars that we get in the market today, Santro Zip offered only limited features. It however offered features like power windows, power steering and also had a tall boy design which offered more space inside the cabin. Back then, it was marketed as the complete family car.
Coming to the engine, it was powered by a advanced Epsilon engine. It was actually a 1.0 litre, 4 cylinder, petrol engine that came with a manual gearbox option. The Santro seen here does not even get a company fitted music system. It just came with an empty dashboard with just switches for AC on the center console. The car was so popular that, it was even featured in several Indian movies and Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan did the advertisement for it and is associated with the brand even today.
Over the years, Hyundai made several changes and improved Santro. Santro Xing was the latest model that was available in the market before Hyundai discontinued it from our market. They introduced Eon as their entry level for the time being and in 2018, Santro name came back. The second generation Hyundai Santro that we have in the market is entirely different from the older version. It does not get the tall boy design anymore. The hatchback also offers a lot more premium features like touchscreen infotainment system, all-four power windows, manual and AMT gearbox options which were missing before.