South Korean automaker Hyundai pulled the plugs off its popular hatchback, the Santro in 2014 in the Indian market after 16 years of its existence.
Now, CarandBike reports that the next-generation Santro will be launched in India by mid-2018 and will make its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo.
MD and CEO of Hyundai India, YK Koo has confirmed that the company is working on a small car. He said that Hyundai would launch a new compact family car for the Indian market by mid-2018.
No details are revealed about the next-gen Santro, but it is expected to feature an all-new design as opposed to the tall-boy stance of the previous model. The new hatchback will also be more spacious compared to the old Santro.
Engine options on the new Santro will include a 0.8-litre and a 1-litre motor coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The interior of the next-gen hatchback will sport a host of new features to give it a premium touch.
The all-new small car is codenamed as AH2 and will be slotted between the Eon and Grand i10. Hyundai managed to retail 18.95 lakh units of Santro in 16 years and was a fierce competitor to Maruti Suzuki in the entry-level hatchback segment.
After discontinuing the Santro in India, Hyundai has not been a dominant player in the entry-level hatchback segment. With the all-new Santro, the Korean automaker will try to regain its lost glory in the small car segment. The next-gen Santro will rival the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Datsun redi-GO and Tata Tiago.