On the 4th of October, 2018, which is about a month away, Hyundai will reveal the name of the AH2 code-named hatchback, which is highly likely to be called the Santro, with an additional suffix – like old Santro Xing.
The all-new Santro will be an entry level, tall-boy hatchback, just like the original model. The media preview of the Santro, which is effectively the unveil of the car, will also happen in early October. The car’s official launch will happen a few weeks down the line, by the end of October. The all-new Hyundai Santro will initially sell alongside the Eon, and by the end of the year, is expected to fully replace the Eon.
Other details about the new Hyundai Santro include the fact that it will be the first car from the South Korean automaker to offer an automated manual transmission option. The AMT that will debut on the new Santro will be used in a range of other upcoming Hyundai cars including the QXi code-named, sub-4 meter compact SUV and the all-new Grand i10. Both cars are expected to arrive in India next year. The new Santro will be sold with a petrol engine, with options for dual fuel layouts such as petrol-CNG and petrol-LPG for specific markets of India. A diesel motor will not be offered, even as an option.
Apart from the tallboy stance, the new Santro is expected to be larger than the Hyundai i10, a car that was discontinued a couple of years ago. Also, the Santro is likely to borrow the 1.1 litre petrol engine from the i10, which indicates that it would sit well above the Eon in terms of price and positioning. A smaller, 1 litre motor with a lower horsepower rating could follow, taking the new Santro lower down the pricing chain for it to eventually replace the Eon. Driver and passenger airbags, and ABS could be offered on the new Santro, which will meet the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) norms.