It has by now become fairly well-known that Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the second-largest selling car manufacturer in India, is about to launch a new small car. There are very strong speculations that the upcoming car would revive the Santro moniker and would go on to rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Renault Kwid. The upcoming 2018 Hyundai Santo was recently spied in Dwarka, New Delhi by Manoj Kandpal, one of our eagle-eyed readers.
Earlier this month, we revealed that the launch of the new Santro has been preponed from the Diwali-season of this year to August. The new Santro will replace the aging Eon, which will not comply with the upcoming safety norms in India. It’s being said that the new-generation Santro will be underpinned by the last-generation i10’s platform. It will also use the same 1086cc engine that powered the erstwhile i10 and the Santro Xing. For the new Santro, the motor will be re-tuned to output a maximum power of 70 bhp along with a peak torque of 100 Nm. The engine will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard.
The new Santro will become the first-ever Hyundai car in India to offer an optional AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). The car is also likely to offer optional company-fitted CNG and LPG kits. The 1.1-litre motor will be tuned to meet the latest emission norms and will likely offer a fuel mileage of 22 kmpl.
As can be seen in the spy images, the new Santro will boast a tallboy architecture, which should translate into a sufficiently airy interior space. Our sources reveal that the new Santro will be a full 10 mm taller than the old i10 and about 10-15 mm wider, too. The cabin will offer sufficient space to seat five adults. Earlier spy images have revealed that the new car will offer dashboard-mounted touchscreen-infotainment system. Also, safely expect the car to even offer features like ABS, Dual Front Airbags, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. It’s being said that the prices of the new Santro will start below Rs 3 lakh mark. It may be noted here that the last-generation Santo was the highest-selling model in its segment for a really long time. Hence, there are good chances that the new car, if launched with the Santro moniker, would benefit from the high brand image that the Santro moniker enjoys.
Stay tuned to Cartoq for the latest news updates on the launch date and prices of the new Hyundai Santro.