All-new Hyundai Santro spied testing in India, launch later this year

That Hyundai India has been trying to create a name in the entry segment is no secret. The Korean manufacturer has had limited success here especially since the Hyundai Santro was pulled out of the market. Sometime last year, Hyundai confirmed that they are looking at a Santro replacement. Zigwheels has now spotted what looks like the all-new Hyundai Santro. The car was spotted doing test rounds around Gurugram.

While the new Hyundai Santro (I believe Hyundai will want to cash in on a popular nameplate and maybe replace the S with an X) was fully camouflaged, a few design elements do show up. Like most of Hyundai hatchbacks, even this one is a tall boy design, but a well proportioned one. There is the aggressive and good looking grille found in new-age Hyundais. The clamshell bonnet too is visible. Hyundai could do well to offer a dual tone exterior colour option. It seems that Hyundai will offer 14-inch wheels on the top-spec trim. The one spotted on test was wearing wheel caps. It is likely that alloy wheels could be optional. Overall, even from the rear, it is hard to not say that there are influences from the erstwhile i10 as well as Grand i10.

There are no images of the interior here but Hyundais have typically known to have a high quality cabin even for their entry level offerings. I believe Hyundai will spec the range topping car with a touchscreen infotainment system complete with Android Auto option. The space should be a tad more than what its competition like the Maruti Celerio and Tiago offer. Keeping the safety aspect in mind, it is likely that a driver airbag will be standard across range while a passenger airbag as well as ABS could be optional on the top spec.

Hyundai may not use their existing range of engines in the new Santro or should I call it Xantro. It is likely that a new 1.0-litre motor may be used here. Along with a standard 5-speed manual, there could also be an AMT on offer.  A diesel could also be on offer, likely the 1.2-litre from the Grand i10. An AMT will be on offer for the diesel as well.

Prices for the new Hyundai Santro could start from Rs 4 lakh and go all the way to Rs 5.5 lakh. There  will be some overlap with the Grand i10 for sure, however it is likely that the new car will mark its own territory.


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