India's largest motor show, the Auto Expo has been scheduled to be held from February 9-14, 2018 at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The motor show, being organised in collaboration with Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and accredited by OICA, will host several auto brands showcasing or even launching their brand new products. Hyundai too will be participating in the auto bonanza next year and actually has a lot on offer. The very popular Santro is expected to make a comeback with an updated design and a new compact SUV called Kona is also likely to be added to the Indian car market next year. Read all about them here:
Hyundai Santro had been a great success in India and two years after its discontinuation, the hatchback is set to re-enter the market. It is expected that the manufacturer will retain the tall boy stance of the Santro in 2018 while adding new features and cosmetic upgrades. When launched, the new Santro will be positioned between the Eon and Grand i10 in the company's model lineup.
The new Santro will be larger than the older version of the hatchback. As of now, there is no information about the engine but it is expected that the Santro will be based on a new platform and is likely to be powered by a 1.1-litre iRDE and a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol engines and will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission or might get an automatic transmission.
The 2018 Hyundai Santro is expected to be priced at around Rs 4 lakh and compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Celerio in its segment.
Elite i20 facelift
Hyundai has been testing the facelifted version of the Elite i20, which is expected to launch in India in 2018. The new Elite i20 will get LED tail lamps, a new set of alloy wheels and the licence plate will be re-positioned. At the front, the car will get updates such as a redesigned bumper with hexagonal grille same as its compact sedan sibling, the Xcent, along with fog lamps and a new headlamp design.
The 2018 Elite i20 facelift is expected to be powered by the same 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine with 89 hp of power and 220 Nm of torque, paired with 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol version will get a 1.2 litre and a 1.4-litre unit that is paired to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The company may also offer a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, which is expected to produce 120 hp of power and 172 Nm of torque.
Hyundai Kona has a distinct new design, with looks that are quite aggressive by its class standards. The LED headlamps are particularly eye-catchy, which give it a sharp look. It gets plastic cladding on the sides and wheel arches, which is perhaps to make it look more rugged.
Internationally, the Kona will be powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder engine that makes 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque and is paired to a six-speed transmission. Hyundai claims the Kona will do 0-100 kph in around 10 seconds and a top speed of about 194 kph. It will have other engine options as well.
It is expected to be positioned between the Hyundai Creta and the Tucson. In terms of pricing, it will be closer to the Tucson.
The current generation Hyundai Creta will be going under a mid-life makeover and a facelifted version of the SUV can be expected by 2018. The facelifted SUV will now have the signature hexagonal front grille and a redesigned bumpers. In terms of engine and transmission options, the facelifted version of the Creta is expected to remain the same with a set of petrol and diesel engine options with their respective automatic and manual transmission.
Under the bonnet, there will be a 1.4-litre diesel engine with a 6-speed manual transmission, while a larger 1.6-litre diesel unit is expected to come with a 6-speed manual as well as a 6- speed automatic gearbox. A petrol engine option is also expected to be offered with a 1.6-litre motor mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The expected prices of the facelifted Hyundai Creta will be at a slight premium compared to the existing model.
The new and updated Hyundai Sonata will be first launched in the international markets followed by its launch in India in 2018. The carmaker discontinued the Sonata in India in 2015 due to poor sales. The company has updated the sedan with a large hexagonal front grille which is likely to get the chrome outline. Other exterior changes include new LED fog lamps which are now wider and placed differently on the front bumper. The LED headlamps will largely have the same silhouette and will get LED daytime running lamps, while the air intakes will get sharper. At the rear, Hyundai has revised the tail lamps, a spoiler mounted on the tailgate, rear diffuser and quad exhausts as well as a larger rear bumper.
The car manufacturer has not yet disclosed the engine options, but we expect it to be powered by both petrol and diesel units. The company might also offer the new Hyundai Sonata with a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor that will produce around 260 hp of power.
The new Sonata will be positioned above the Elantra in the company's portfolio and is likely to be priced between Rs 19 lakh and Rs 23 lakh, ex-showroom.