Hyundai Motor India discontinued the successful little Santro in 2015 and since then has been missing out on the segment. However, the road’s not closed for Santro as the company is planning to launch an all-new one as reported by us in November, 2016. It is expected that the manufacturer will retain the tall boy design hatchback in 2018, while adding new features and cosmetic changes. Hyundai had discontinued the Santro and that slot is now being covered with the old i10. When launched, the new Santro will be positioned between the Eon and Grand i10 in the company’s model lineup. The hatchback will be developed by the Hyundai R&D team at the Indian centre.
The new Hyundai Santro will be larger than the older version of the hatchback and is expected that the new model will retain the famous tall-boy stance. The company will also make changes to the exterior as well interiors too. 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 an 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.
Hyundai launched the Santro in 1998 in India, and after its launch the car was one of the top selling models in company’s product line up. The tall boy design hatchback received its first update in 2003 and was introduced as Santro Xing. The Santro Xing was powered by a 1.1 litre petrol engine that produced 62 hp of power and 89Nm of torque.
The 2018 Hyundai Santro is expected to be priced around Rs 4 lakh and compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Celerio in its segment.
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