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The Hyundai AH2 hatchback is one of the most awaited car launches in 2018. As prospective customers and enthusiasts alike wait for the launch of the new hatchback from Hyundai, reports are out stating that the Hyundai AH2 will feature a new touchscreen infotainment system.
The hatchback that might just bring the famed Santro moniker back in the Indian market could feature the new 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is seen in the new 2019 Hyundai Elantra.
The new infotainment system is faster than the older 5-inch touchscreen system seen in the lower variants of the Hyundai Creta and Hyundai Verna. It runs on a new processor and more connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with bluetooth and also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera.
This however is not something new on a Hyundai car. All Hyundai cars in India offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay except the old 2-DIN head unit in the Eon and the previously mentioned 5-inch touchscreens in the Creta and Verna.
The entry-level hatchback segment in India is slowly heading towards becoming premium and this includes having features like a touchscreen infotainment system. The current crop of entry-level hatchbacks do not feature touchscreen infotainment systems yet, but will soon get upgraded.
The Hyundai AH2 will replace the Eon in Hyundai's portfolio and compete with the Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Renault Kwid 1.0 and Tata Tiago. The new Maruti Suzuki WagonR is expected to launch soon with a touchscreen in the top-spec trim and the Tata Tiago update is also expected to feature a touchscreen system taken from the Tata Tigor.
Renault has upped the ante and has equipped the top-spec Renault Kwid with a 7-inch touchscreen system. This has now pushed other manufacturers as well to go the touchscreen way.
The Hyundai AH2 hatchback will be underpinned by the robust HA platform which also underpins the Hyundai i10. An updated version of the 1.0-litre engine that powered the previous-generation i10 is expected to power the Hyundai AH2.
In the i10, it previously produced around 68bhp and 99Nm while mated to a 5-speed transmission. There is a growing trend and an increasing importance being given to automatic gearboxes, and the upcoming AH2 also, in all probability will feature an AMT gearbox as an option. Dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors are touted to be standard features on the Hyundai AH2.
Thoughts On Hyundai AH2 Hatchback Getting Touchscreen Infotainment
The level of equipment being offered on cars is just increasing by the day. The AH2 Santro hatchback getting the latest touchscreen infotainment system too is a result of competition. The new system will be offered only on the top-spec variant in the AH2 lineup.
The Hyundai AH2 aka Santro will be launched on October 23 and the name for the car will officially be announced on October 4. The Santro became a favourite in Indian households and it is the previous-generation Santro that made Hyundai the brand it is today.
Hyundai ran a campaign in which the public was allowed to choose a name for the small hatchback. So far, the ‘Santro' has been the popular choice making it almost certain that this hatchback would resurrect the Santro brand. Pre-bookings are expected to start soon for the Hyundai AH2