Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has announced the comeback of its iconic family car Santro hatchback. The Santro was previewed at a Press briefing at the company’s Chennai plant from where it will be produced. Post that, the company has released a new TV Commercial so as to stir up some more excitement among buyers in the country.
The new Hyundai Santro is now open for bookings at a booking amount of Rs 11,100 while the first 50,000 customers are being offered the Santro at an introductory price even while price announcements have not been made as on date. Prices will be revealed on 23rd October.
Hyundai Santro continues to sport its tallboy design. However, this time round it borrows inspiration from the Grand i10 with which it also shares its platform. The platform will see increased strength with use of 63% high strength steel while pillars are made of ultra high strength steel.
Exterior features on the new Hyundai Santro are revealed in the new TVC which shows off a cascading grille design, fluidic headlamps, higher set fog lamps and bigger 14” wheels. No alloy wheels will be on offer, even on the top end variant. At the rear, restyled tail lamps while at the sides, body creases will be noted. Interiors get a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are also rear AC vents which are also a segment first feature while in terms of safety the new Santro will comply with new BNVSAP norms coming into effect in April 2019. It will sport driver side airbags and ABS which will be offered as standard across all variants.
Engine specifications on the new Hyundai Santro will include a 1.1 liter, 4 cylinder petrol engine tuned for lower vibrations, higher performance and better fuel efficiency. This engine offers 68 bhp power and 99 Nm torque. It will be the company’s first model to sport Smart Auto AMT Technology and will come in with a factory fitted CNG option. There will be no diesel on offer.
Slated to come in with a price tag from Rs 3.6 lakhs onwards, the 2019 Hyundai Santro be positioned above the Hyundai Eon and will take on the Maruti WagonR, Celerio, Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid in terms of competition.