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Hyundai India launched the all new Santro in the Indian market recently. The Korean brand brought back the popular 'Santro' nameplate to the Indian market, which created a lot of buzz at the time of launch.
However, since the initial hype, sales of the Hyundai Santro has been moving at a pace much lower than the company's expectations. In order to improve sales in the Indian market Hyundai is reshuffling its variant lineup of the Santro, eight months after its launch.
According to GaadiWaadi, Hyundai has added a brand new base variant to the MY19 of the Santro. The new base variant called the 'Era Executive' will replace the 'Dlite' and 'Era' trims on the hatchback; while also offering a number of additional features.
The new base variant of the Hyundai Santro is offered with a price tag of Rs 4.15 lakh; making it Rs 25,000 more expensive than the previous 'DLite' base-spec.
The Hyundai Venue is now available in a range of eight trims: Era Executive, Magna, Magna CNG, Magna AMT, Sportz, Sportz CNG, Sportz AMT and Asta. While the Magna AT, Sportz, Sports CNG and Asta variants remain unchanged. Other variants now get additional features on the MY19 Santro
Some of the features on the new base variant include body-coloured front bumper, dual-tone body coloured rear bumper, front power windows and a manual AC. The
Apart from that, the Magna variant (including the petrol and CNG trims) also get additional features such as 2-DIN audio with USB, front speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio control and a micro antenna.
The Sportz AMT variant of the Hyundai Santro also comes with new features. These include certain safety equipment such as passenger airbag, front belt-pretensioners and a rear parking camera.
Mechanically, the Hyundai Santro remains unchanged. All variants carry forward the same petrol engine which comes in the form of a 1.1-litre four-cylinder unit producing 68bhp and 99Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a five-speed manual or AMT gearbox.
The CNG variants produce a slightly lower power output of 58bhp and 84Nm of torque. However, they do offer a better efficiency of around 30.48kmkg of fuel, compared to the standard manual/AMT variants which offer a mileage of around 20km/l.
Thoughts On The New Hyundai Santro Variant
Hyundai Santro is a popular name in the Indian market. Launched eight months ago, Hyundai received a lot of attention for the Santro. However, over time the sales of the hatchback has reduced, with the car managing an average of around 6,700 units per month. The Hyundai Santro rivals the likes of the Maruti Wagon R, Tata Tiago, Maruti Celerio and the Datsun GO.