Hyundai has stirred the Indian market by unveiling the new Santro. The new Hyundai Santro has been one of the best selling products by the Korean car maker. Though, the brand earlier tried to sell Eon as its entry-level hatchback, but couldn’t build that trust as Santro did. With its comeback, the new version will take a direct pit-fight with the Maruti Suzuki’s Celerio and to some extent with the Tata Tiago, given its price range. Here we get the top five things to know about the new Hyundai Santro.
The version of the hatchback will re-enter the market with its tall boy stance. The car seems to stand taller than its rivals, but bit chopped down, when it comes to the overall length. However, the tall boy stance and being based on the Grand i10’s platform would considerably translate more space for the rear passengers. Nonetheless, Hyundai has given a whole makeover with its signature cascade grille, chrome surrounding the grille and swept back headlamps that stretches all the way to the both sides of the front fenders. The car will be offered in seven exterior colours - Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Imperial Beige, Fiery Red, Stardust Grey, Marina Blue and Diana Green.
There is no doubt that being a Hyundai product means that it would come loaded with many goodies on the inside. The range-topping variant will get many segment-first features like a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment display compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse parking camera and rear AC vents. The way Hyundai offers feature package, we can expect the lower trims to get electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, power windows, steering-mounted controls and USB charging at the front.
The new Santro comes packed safety features like the ABS with EBD, pre-tensioner seatbelt, seatbelt alerts, rear parking sensor, rear defogger and wiper as well. But, talking about the airbags, just like the Celerio, the new Hyundai Santro also gets a driver’s side airbag as standard feature, though an option is available for the passenger side with the former one, whereas, the Tata Tiago and recently launched Datsun GO gets dual airbags as standard.
First time with an AMT
With the new Hyundai Santro, it is the first time that the Korean car maker will also come up with an automated manual transmission, where Hyundai models incorporated an automatic transmission. Though, this because the brand wants to keep a check on the pricing. Hyundai will also offer a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. Both the transmissions will come paired with a 1.1-litre, four-pot Epsilon petrol engine that produces 69bhp of power with 99Nm of top torque. Hyundai claims that the petrol unit will return a fuel efficiency of 20.3kmpl. Nonetheless, Hyundai will also introduce the CNG version of the model that will make 59bhp with 84Nm, returning an efficiency of 30.5km/kg.
When it comes to pricing the product, it’s Maruti Suzuki that takes everything in its hands. But given that the segment-first feature list, Hyundai will price it competitively. With the recently leaked pricing of the new Santro starts from Rs 3.7 lakh for the base variant – Dlite and this range will go up to Rs 5.4 lakh for the top-of-the line version. Maruti Suzuki Celerio is priced between Rs 4.21 lakh – Rs 5.40 lakh that clearly makes the new Santro to attract Indian consumer with ease. While, Tata Tiago will stand against the upcoming hatch as the solid contender with its petrol variant gets a price range of Rs 3.40 lakh – Rs 5.63 lakh, on the other hand the recently launched new Datsun GO is priced between Rs Rs 3.29 lakh -4.89 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).