Every manufacturer began its journey in India with a product set to impress customers. South Korean manufacturer Hyundai began its Indian journey with their Santro model. The hatchback was an instant hit, owing to clever marketing and their brand ambassador Shahrukh Khan.
The Santro was a great alternative to vehicles that were currently on offer in India. It offered great value for hard earned money, and many people spent on it. Earlier Indians opted only for Maruti Suzuki vehicles and everyone was apprehensive about a South Korean brand.
Once the Santro disappears from the Indian market, it will join the league of vehicles that inspired the future of automobile within the country. Maruti Suzuki has already phased out its ever-popular and the true small/budget car the Maruti 800. The Japanese manufacturer also decommissioned its power packed Zen model.
Hyundai had significantly updated its Santro model over the years. The hatchback was loved for various reasons compact size, ease of maintenance, affordable price tag and various more reasons. It won several awards in the initial years and was a popular choice of its generation.
The manufacturer currently offers its Santro Xing and they still sell decent number of units. They offer their hatchback in petrol, LPG and CNG variants as well. The model sports a 1086 cc engine and produces maximum power of 62 bhp. It has a 5-speed manual gearbox paired to a front wheel drive system.
The last generation Hyundai Santro Xing is priced at INR 3,07,000 to INR 4,51,000 ex-showroom, New Delhi. The South Korean manufacturer has come a long way since its Santro in India. They now offer a wide range of products currently in India with its Fluidic design language.
We will surely miss the Santro and thank Hyundai for the wonderful product that got us interested in their range. The South Korean manufacturer will move ahead and their base model now is the Eon budget car, which is also doing well.