The new Hyundai Santro is coming
Hyundai's iconic small car returns next year
There's no other way to put it: Hyundai wouldn't have been where it is today if it weren't for the car it kicked its Indian innings off with -- the affable Santro. Over the 16 years of its existence, the Santro became a byword for a reliable, solid city-slicker. So solid, in fact, that it's now part of Mumbai culture in the form of the new-age kaali-peeli. Since putting it to rest well over two years ago, Hyundai has been feeling that gap in its lineup like your tongue feels for a tooth that has just fallen out. People have been asking for a new one for the longest time.
And it's coming back.
Hyundai India MD YK Koo confirmed today that Hyundai is indeed working on a new compact offering that will slot in between the slow-selling Eon and the Grand i10.
"We will bring a new compact car that will be contemporary and family-oriented in the second half of next year. It will be bigger and wider than the Santro", Koo said.
Here's what we know about it: codenamed AH2, this new compact, currently without a name, will likely revive the Santro moniker thanks to its fantastic reputation and recall value. It'll be based on a heavily altered version of the Grand i10's platform, and will share its 1.2-litre petrol motor (84bhp, 114Nm). In addition to a five-speed manual, there will also be an AMT on offer, Koo added.
While it remains to be seen if this will be a tall boy design as well, Koo's indication of the car being bigger than the original hints at the focus being on making it more spacious. And speaking of focus, yes, the new Santro will feature Hyundai's Fluidic Design language, and be equipped with features unheard of in its segment. Ventilated front seats, anyone?
But that doesn't mean it'll be priced out of contention. You see, the price gap separating the most basic Eon and the most basic Gi10 is a whopping ₹1.2 lakh. It is within that gap where the new Santro will fit in nicely, with a starting price of under ₹4 lakh when it is launched in October 2018.