Hyundai New Santro
Hyundai New Santro Preview
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Hyundai has already discontinued the i10 in the international markets and is expected to do the same in India
When Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1998, the Santro put them on the map. The tallboy remained in production for 16 years before it was pulled off the production line in 2014. The i10 was slotted as its replacement and the Grand i10 was brought in as a premium offering. However, with the kind of number that the Santro moniker brought for the brand, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Korean car maker is planning on launching it again in the Indian market.
Set to be positioned between the Eon and the Grand i10, the new Santro is expected to be launched in the Indian market in 2018. With that in mind, it will no longer be a basic to the bone offering in the Hyundai line-up. In fact, we can expect it to be richer in terms of quality and features than the Santro we know or even the i10 for that matter. To be based on an all-new platform, the Santro will also be more spacious on the inside. Engine details aren’t out as yet, but it is safe to assume that it will come with a 1.0-litre gasoline unit mated with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Currently, Hyundai holds the sport of the second largest car maker in India after Maruti Suzuki with a market share of about 15 percent. Although, the Santro is not part of its product portfolio anymore, it has played a major role in establishing the brand in India with consistent sales numbers. Hyundai is likely to showcase the new Santro at the 2018 Auto Expo. On its launch, the new Hyundai Santro will be priced around the Rs 4 lakh mark and will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Tata Tiago, Datsun redi-GO and the likes.