India's second-largest carmaker is all set to put some excitement into the entry-level car segment in India with the launch of its new small car codenamed AH2 in India. Going by several reports, the Hyundai Santro facelift launch in India is expected before Diwali this year. Hyundai has been testing the new-generation Santro in India as well as in other countries, and its about time Hyundai's small car is launched.
Ahead of the new Santro launch in India, the small car will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. Hyundai has plans to invest Rs 6,300 crore in India over the course of next three years. The investment will towards new products, development of new engines, and setting up an office in Gurugram in Delhi.
As per ET Auto, the all-new Hyundai Santro will be the first among the nine launches in India between 2018 and 2020. Hyundai has confirmed that the new Santro facelift will be a compact family oriented car and the company is considering the name 'Santro' due to overwhelming pressure from dealers, customers and the market.
HMIL Managing Director and CEO Y K Koo said, "It would be launched near Diwali this year. So we will take a final call on the Santro badge at around that time. However, I must admit that we are under a lot of pressure from dealers, customers and market to bring back the Santro brand,"
Elaborating more on the new Santro details, he said the small hatchback would be wider and taller compared to the Hyundai i10 model and will be powered by a petrol engine with the option of factory-fitted CNG engine. The 2018 Santro will be offered with both manual and automatic gearbox (possibly an AMT).
As for the nine products, two will be new models, one will be an electric vehicle (Kona EV or Ioniq EV), two facelifts (i20 and Creta), and four will be full model changes of existing products (Hyundai has not confirmed the models).
Thoughts About The Hyundai Santro Facelift Launch In India
If the Hyundai Santro were continued to be available in the market, the small car would have completed 20 years in India. The Santro which made Hyundai a household name in India is much appreciated for its practicality like a spacious cabin, easy to enter and exit, fuel efficient and was priced competitively. We hope Hyundai to offer the same experience in the new Hyundai Santro facelift model as well.
The expected price of the Hyundai Santro facelift is between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh depending upon the variant.