The Hyundai i10 was introduced in India in 2008 and was a worthy successor to the Hyundai Santro in its earlier times. However, with new introductions in the hatchback segment that offered more features, for example, an infotainment system, the i10 fell behind and even minor updates were not enough to keep the sales numbers high enough. Now, the Korean carmaker has discontinued the \the Hyundai i10 which will make way for the new Santro which is expected to be launched in 2018.
The new Santro is expected to be powered by the 1.1 litre iRDE and 1.2 litre Kappa petrol engines. These engines will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, however, the company may consider its 4-speed automatic gearbox as well. The 1.1 litre motor generated 62 hp of power in the Santro Xing and the new Santro is expected to have a similar performance figure. Once introduced, the Hyundai Santro is expected to be offered with a touchscreen infotainment unit similar to the one seen on the facelifted Grand i10. It will be a direct competitor to the new Maruti Suzuki WagonR which is also expected to be launched in 2018.
A diesel engine is expected not to be offered due to its high initial cost and relatively low consumer demand in the entry-level hatchback segment. The new Santro will be designed and developed by the company's India R&D facility.
Rising demand of features by consumers even in this segment has pushed manufacturers to offer them. Equipment like a touchscreen infotainment unit not only enriches the user's experience, it also provides the safety of undistracted driving. Addition of a driver airbag also adds to the safety quotient and according to a mandate recently implemented by the Government of India, the new Santro will have ABS and dual front airbags as standard in its variant range. The new offering is expected to have a starting price tag of Rs 4 lakh