2018 Hyundai Santro is now merely a few days from its launch on 23rd October. Hyundai India today revealed more details of its most popular hatchback in India, starting with the new Santro bookings. The first 50,000 customers will avail a booking amount of Rs 11,100. Pre-booking of the all-new Santro will begin online starting 10th October to 22nd October. Hyundai Santro will come with a 3-year/1 lakh km warranty, along with 3-year roadside assistance and doorstep service facility.
The new Hyundai Santro's arrival comes as the South Korean brand marks its 20th anniversary in India. The new hatchback is based on an all-new platform. The front of the all-new Santro is marked by the Hyundai's Signature Cascade Grille making the overall appeal more premium than before. The new Santro is longer by 45 mm compared to the older version and the wheelbase has been improved as well.
The all-new 2018 Hyundai Santro will be powered by a 1.1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The new Santro will be the first ever Hyundai product to feature a Hyundai-developed AMT gearbox and it will also be available with a factory-fitted CNG kit.
When it comes to safety, the new Hyundai Santro will boast of ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake distribution) and driver-side airbag as standard fitment. Besides these, the new Santro is underpinned with a new platform that uses high strength steel.
2018 Hyundai Santro will retain the Santro's tallboy stance, promising space and headroom, a high seating position that allows better visibility, and practical ergonomics. The Santro will be the first in the segment to offer air-conditioning vents for the rear passengers as well.
On the inside, the new 2018 Hyundai Santro will be far more premium than its predecessor, featuring a 17.64 cm touchscreen infotainment system that supports smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. The system also features voice recognition and rear parking camera display on the screen. Like the new Hyundai Verna, the new Santro also features Hyundai's 'Eco Coating Technology' that prevents odour to develop in the AC evaporator.
Hyundai Santro will be positioned above the Eon and below Hyundai Grand i10. With segment-first features like rear AC vents, the new Santro will have an edge over its competitors that include Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Tata Tiago, and the likes of Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Renault Kwid 1.0 as well.
The new 2018 Hyundai Santro is expected to be launched in India at a price of close to Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The Santro has for years been a favourite as a small family car in India and with the arrival of the festive season, Hyundai must expect an overwhelming response for it.
It is a historic and proud moment for Hyundai, as India has chosen the name of their "Favourite Family Car" as Santro. The Santro has created history with several segment-first features ever since it was first launched, becoming the "Complete Family Car" for millions of Indians, Y K Koo, MD & CEO, HMIL said during the unveiling.
He went on to say that the All New Santro is based on six key pillars – Modern Stylish Tallboy design, Comfortable and Premium Cabin, New Age technology, Customer Centric Safety, All Round Performance and Complete Piece of Mind. It will debut Hyundai's Advanced In-House developed Smart Auto AMT and will be offered with factory-fitted CNG option.