Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the country’s second-largest car manufacturer, will launch an all-new hatchback later this year. Codenamed ‘AH2’, the upcoming Hyundai car is expected to go on sale with the Santro nameplate. Akin to the original Santro, the upcoming hatchback has a tallboy architecture and is expected to be priced competitively. It will sit between the Eon and the Grand i10 in the company’s product portfolio. Here’s a new video that shows a couple of new Hyundai Santro test mules being tested on a highway.
The new-gen Santro will be underpinned by the same platform that was used for the last-gen Hyundai i10. Our sources, however, say that the upcoming car will be wider and taller than the last-gen i10. The new Santro will rival the likes of Tata Tiago and Maruti Celerio. The last-gen i10 was discontinued in India after it lost most of the limelight to the more modern rivals. The new Santro, however, will once again help the Indian subsidiary of the Korean auto giant to attract buyers in the A2 segment of our car market. The new Santro will not only have larger dimensions but will also offer more features than the old i10.
It will be powered by an updated version of the same 1.1-litre, four-cylinder engine that powered the i10 and even the original Santro. For the new Santro, however, the engine will be BSVI-compliant and is likely to offer higher mileage and power. The new Santro will become the first Hyundai car in India to offer an optional AMT. We expect the 1.1-litre to output in tune of 70 PS and 110 Nm.
Going by the several spy shots and videos we’ve seen so far, it looks like the new-gen Santro will take some design cues from the earlier i10. However, we are pretty sure that the front-end styling will be in accordance with the company’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. As revealed by some spy images, the interior of the new Hyundai Santro will come with a touchscreen infotainment unit. Also, the cabin will be fairly spacious. The new Hyundai Santro is expected to launch in August this year.
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