Based on popular demand and emerging market dynamics, Hyundai has relaunched Santro hatchback India today. It was one of the most awaited car launches this festive season. New 2018 Hyundai Santro is lot different than its predecessor, as it has several new features and upgrades. To launch the car, its brand ambassador since 20 years, Shah Rukh Khan was in attendance. He said that Santro is like his own child.
New Santro sports the tall-boy design, which makes the interiors spacious and comfortable for passengers. On the exteriors, there is a redesigned grille and sleeker headlamps. The thick B-pillar appears to have been derived from the old i10. Price starts from Rs 3.9 lakhs for the base variant and goes all the way to Rs 5.65 lakhs.
New Santro will have premium features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Driving experience is also better with the multi-function steering wheel. However, there will be no alloy wheels, a move that has helped Hyundai to reduce the overall price of the car. New Santro will have 14-inch steel wheels.
New Santro measures 3,610 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,560 mm in height. This makes it longer and wider than WagonR that measures 3,599 mm x 1,495 mm in length and width, respectively. However, at 1,700 mm, Wagon R is taller. New Santro has a wheelbase of 2,400 mm, ground clearance of 160 mm. With its tall-boy design, new Santro will be quite spacious on the inside. However, at 235 litres, it has relatively less boot space as compared to rivals such as Kwid that offers 300 litres of boot space. Watch the official TVC video below.
New Santro will be powered by a 1.1-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that delivers 69 PS / 99 Nm. Engine will be coupled with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT unit. As per ARAI ratings, new Santro will offer mileage of 20.3 kmpl. This is applicable for both MT and AMT variants. At 20.3 kmpl, 2018 Santro’s mileage is less than its rivals like Wagon R and Kwid. But it won’t make a major difference to customers looking for premium features.
Speaking about the TVC – The video is as colourful and spirited as the car itself. It shows how loved the Santro is by all in the country. This was true for the old Santro, but is it going to be the same for new Santro, especially when there are many more rivals in the segment today? Only time will tell if the new Santro lives up to its name.