A new web report suggests that the all-new Hyundai Santro, due for launch in late October 2018, will borrow a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit from a much more premium car – the Elantra D-Segment sedan. It’s also being reported that the touchscreen infotainment unit in question will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring apps, which are now standard on most premium cars sold in India. If this feature does indeed make it to the new Hyundai Santro, the car will be one of the most advanced entry-level hatchbacks in India considering the fact that smartphone mirroring is yet to be made available in the budget hatchback segment.
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The all-new Santro hatchback will be officially unveiled in early October 2018. The car’s official name will also be revealed during the same time. The all-new Santro will get a suffix in its name, just like previous generation models such as the Xing and the ZipDrive versions.
The car will also retain a tall-boy form factor, and this is expected to result in a spacious car. The new car is expected to be priced between Rs. 3-4 lakhs, challenging cars, such as the Renault Kwid 1.0 and the Tata Tiago, and even the Maruti Alto K10. It’s expected to be larger than the Kwid/Alto K10, and nearly the same size as the Tiago.
Hyundai aims to sell 10,000 units of the new Santro each month. The car is expected to replace the Eon completely as Hyundai’s new entry-level car in the months to come. Initially though, the new Santro will sell alongside the Eon. As for the Santro’s mechanical details, the engine that will power the car remains under wraps.
While some reports speculate that the Eon’s 1 litre 3-cylinder petrol will power the Santro, others hint at the 1.1-litre 4-cylinder petrol from the previous generation i10. Whichever engine Hyundai eventually launches in the car, LPG Petrol and CNG-Petrol dual fuel options are highly likely to be offered in specific markets.
While a 5-speed manual gearbox will be standard, a 5-speed AMT has also been confirmed for the car. The new Santro will will offer twin airbags and ABS to conform to India’s new safety regulations called the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).