Hyundai Santro (AH2) 2018: The small car from Hyundai that is ready to fill in the Santro's boots, was designated to be launched in early October. New reports coming out of Hyundai confirm that the Hyundai Santro codenamed the AH2, will make its public debut on October 4th 2018 and will be unveiled at the Hyundai plant in Sriperumbumdur on the outskirts of Chennai. As of now, the Santro replacement is set to go on sale ahead of the 2018 festive season, later in October. However, according to Hyundai, a campaign is likely to start on August 16th 2018 to decide on a name for the car. The campaign that will mostly take place through Hyundai's social media platforms.
The AH2 is set to fill in the space between the entry-level Hyundai Eon and the Hyundai Grand i10. Meaning that once launched, it will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki WagonR and the Tata Tiago. When we last spoke to sources privy to the Santro’s development in Chennai, it was mentioned that the Santro would take on a more contemporary form with feature-rich interiors that would attract young small car buyers in the same way that the Santro did when it was launched. In fact, we can also confirm that the Santro will also be given an automatic gearbox at the time of the launch. This is important considering that the Tata Tiago and the Celerio already have the AMT options. An AMT instead of Hyundai’s usual go-to torque-converter gearbox will help them keep the price of automatic Santro in check. The AMT option will be offered alongside a 5-speed manual unit and both are likely to be powered by a 1.1-litre petrol motor.
In recent months, the Santro has been spotted on test multiple times sporting heavy camouflage. We will now have to wait till 4th October to see what the Santro will look like in production guise. What we do know till this point is the fact that AH2 will have some of the styling cues of the Grand i10 while retaining the Santro’s tall boy appeal. It is also likely that the Santro will carry forward Hyundai’s signature cascading grille design, paired with swept back headlamps carrying forward the present family design language.
That said, the Hyundai Santro or whatever else it might be called is undoubtedly the biggest and most anticipated car launch this year. The Maruti Suzuki Swift was another big-ticket launch but it happened in February so most of the hype was created in 2017. The Santro is also special because it brought back, the car’s name will find an instant connection with people across age brackets in some form or the other. If Hyundai can package the variants smartly and give the Santro a killer introductory price-tag, we could very well be looking at one of the highest-selling cars in India soon, which could write a new success story.