Next-gen Hyundai Santro design sketch unveiled, to launch in October 2018
Hyundai entered India with the Santro hatchback that was launched in the country in September 1998. The hatchback was a runaway success for it offers a value for money deal to the Indian customers back then. And now Hyundai is all set to launch the new-gen Santro in India that is being developed under the code name AH2. The automobile major has released a sketch and states that the most awaited contemporary family car is based on a modern tall boy concept. Further, the release states that the render images depict Hyundai Motor India's respect for the past and confidence of the future.
The new-gen Hyundai will be based on a modern tall boy concept
The new gen Hyundai Santro will be targeted to the families seeking comfort and space with uncompromised style, mentions the company. The new-gen hatchback will sit between the Eon and Grand i10 in the company's line-up and will carry a similar design language with strong lines, LED DRLs and the full-face grille seen on the facelifted Grand i10. The new Santro features large tail lights like the Eon. Like the updated Grand i10, the new Santro gets black inserts in the bumpers.
The new-gen hatchback will sit between the Eon and Grand i10 in the company's line-up and will carry a similar design language (image: RushLane)
Coming to the interior, the new-gen Hyundai Santro will come with a three-spoke steering wheel with audio mounted controls. In addition, the hatch might also get a touchscreen system that one can operate through the steering mounted controls. It is being said that the dash-mounted gear lever, cabin trim design and other bits will resemble that of the Grand i10. All these features will make the new-gen Hyundai Santro a lot more premium than before.
We expect the new Hyundai Santro to be powered by an 800cc petrol engines (Image: RushLane)
While there is no official confirmation yet, we expect the new Hyundai Santro to be powered by an 800cc petrol engines, pretty much the norm in the segment. Hyundai is expected to offer automatic/AMT versions as well, given the increasing popularity of automatics. We expect the new Hyundai Santro to be priced in the 2.5 lakh to 4.5 lakh rupee price bracket. Given Hyundai's penchant for offering features, we also expect the new Hyundai Santro to come loaded with equipment like airbags, ABS and a touchscreen infotainment system.
The B-segment has seen Maruti lose its dominance over it with the Renault Kwid being successful which has made the segment open up to new players. But while Hyundai has strong products in other price points, it's B-segment challenger, the Eon, hasn't been competitive enough. Hyundai will be hoping this new car gives it a better shot.
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