Hyundai Motor India Limited is considering the launch of another small car for the Indian market. The car, codenamed the AH2, will sit in between the Eon and Grand i10 in Hyundai’s India line-up. Hyundai will be launching this hatchback around the upcoming festive season.
It is now revealed that the automaker will officially name the car in October 4. Initially, there were rumours of Hyundai giving the car the Santro nameplate, synonymous with the Indian public for two decades now. Hyundai will consider the Santro nameplate, and it looks all the more likely for a return to the Indian market.
The new Santro will be called the ‘Family Design Concept’, featuring Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy. We can expect the car to get features like alloy wheels, fog lamps, touchscreen infotainment system, LED tail-lamps, reverse camera and so on. The Santro will also feature a tallboy design, seen on the previous model here.
Engine-wise, the Santro will get a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing about 70 BHP of power and 100 Nm of torque. This engine is expected to be BS-VI compliant and will also power future models from the automaker. It will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with AMT being offered as an option.
Prices are expected to start from Rs. 4 lakh and go all the way to Rs. 8 lakh for the top trims. The Santro will have its rivals in the form of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Renault Kwid and the Tata Tiago. Hyundai will have high hopes on the Santro and will look at it as an able replacement to the original i10, phased out recently.
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