The 2018 Hyundai Santro (yes, that’s what Hyundai will call it) has taken the inter-web by a storm. Everywhere you see online, you will either read about the vehicle or even see camouflaged images of the same. Hyundai even started a naming ceremony for the vehicle, an online participation where the buying population was asked to give the car a name. It’ still on and the results will most likely be out on September 15, 2018. The launch happens on October 23, 2018. So, here are a few things we know so afar about the new Hyundai Santro.
What’s in a name…
…or so they say. However, we believe it makes sense that the new Hyundai AH2 (codename) be called Santro. After all, the Santro nameplate is the car with which Hyundai India started its innings. Earlier first time car buyers as well as those with compact families used to look up to this nameplate. Even used car buyers revered the Santro. So why not introduce this successful nameplate with its all-new hatchback? Given this, there will likely be a moniker attached to the nameplate like a Plus or something else. So far more than 30 per cent of the fans have responded with the Santro name.
This new Santro is built on the first i10’s platform. While we haven’t seen the car without any camouflage yet, the silhouette suggests that the design language will be similar to that of the i10. The i10 was also a popular nameplate for Hyundai but as we know, due to the lack of updates and the more modern Grand i10 coming in, it died a natural death. The abysmal crash test ratings too weren’t in its favour. The 2018 Hyundai in a way will be its replacement.
However, with this new Santro, Hyundai is also playing the same card that they played earlier. While the Grand i10 was the natural replacement for the ageing i10, the latter wasn’t discontinued straight away. It was there in the market for around a year before being shown the door. The Eon which is Hyundai’s entry-level car isn’t doing too well in terms of sales numbers as of now. Hyundai will likely continue selling the Eon alongside the new Santro. This way, buyers will progressively move on to the much better priced and feature laden Santro. It is being said that the Eon will be phased out by the end of this year.
To keep the sentiments from the older Santro alive, Hyundai will be using an upgraded BS-VI version of the 1.1-litre petrol engine. While it used to make 68PS before, expect the new motor to make 70PS now. The torque should also be slightly higher than the older engine’s 98Nm. A new 5-speed gearbox will also be used and the SmartAuto transmission will also debut. The SmartAuto is Hyundai’s five speed AMT unit. Expect it to have the same characteristics like the other AMTs in the market. This should include a creep function and perhaps a Sport mode as well. The efficiency should be in the 19kmpl range.
There will be no diesel engine on offer initially. However, it is likely that the 2018 Hyundai Santro could also have the same U2 CRDi engine from the Grand i10 at a later date. This engine too will be BS-VI compliant.
Safety features of the 2018 Hyundai Santro
While the previous Santro didn’t even have a driver airbag, this one will have dual front airbags. This along with ABS, rear parking sensors, speed limiter warning and seat belt reminder for the driver will be standard across variants. This 2018 Hyundai Santro will also be likely compliant with the Bharat NCAP crash safety assessments.
The top-spec variants will also bring in a rear view camera as well as a rear wiper.
Hyundai is always known to spec its cars with the best features in the class. The 2018 Hyundai Santro will be no exception. It will bring in an automatic climate control, LED DRLs, 14-inch alloys, touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone compatibility, teering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth call answer and more.
All in all, we are all eagerly awaiting the launch of the new Hyundai Santro. It will straddle two segments. One is the entry-level Eon category while on the other hand, there will also be the Tiago and Celerio to contend with. The 2018 Hyundai Santro price in India should start around the Rs 3.2 lakh mark. We should have the 2018 Hyundai Santro review up here soon, Keep watching this space for more.