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Hyundai is all set to launch the next-gen Santro in the Indian market. Ahead of that AutoX has spotted the new Santro being tested on Indian roads. The tall-boy hatchback is still heavily camouflaged which indicates that the launch is still far away.
The new Hyundai Santro has been internally codenamed as AH2 and the hatchback will be based on a new platform. Hyundai has been testing the new Santro for quite some time and the new-gen avatar retains the signature tall-boy design of the car.
On the design front, the next-gen Santro is expected to feature new design elements such as cascading grille, aggressively designed bumper and character lines to give it a new look.
The Santro is an entry-level offering from Hyundai and it is expected to get steel wheels with wheel cover as opposed to the alloy wheels and halogen headlights instead of the modern projector lights.
But the new Hyundai Santro might get the LED daytime running lights at least on the top-spec trims. Inside the cabin, the new Santro will offer a spacious interior due to its tall-boy design. We expect Hyundai to offer a touchscreen infotainment system to keep up with the rivals.
The safety features of the new Hyundai Santro is expected to include dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature. The top-of-the-range model might even get the privilege of reverse parking sensors.
The next-gen Hyundai Santro is likely to draw power from 0.8-litre or a 1-litre petrol engine. Hyundai will not offer a diesel variant of the hatchback. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai might also introduce the AMT gearbox due to the growing popularity of AMT cars in India.
Thoughts On The Next-Gen Hyundai Santro
The new Hyundai Santro will feature an all-new design language but will retail the tall-boy design of the old Santro. The next-gen Santro will replace the i10 and will be slotted between the Eon and the Grand i10.
Hyundai has already confirmed that the next-gen Santro will be launched around Diwali this year. The new Santro is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh ex-showroom and will rival the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio and Tata Tiago.