Hyundai India is gearing up for the launch of its new small hatchback slated to release during the last week of October. Just weeks ahead of its official launch the Korean car giant will reveal the name of the hatchback on October 4, 2018. It is no secret that Hyundai is planning to re-introduce Santro in India and could even use the same moniker. The new small car is expected to be named Santro with an additional suffix akin to the facelifted version of the phased out version which carried ‘Xing’.
In a bid to involve customers in the christening process of the new small car, Hyundai will roll out a contest next month, encouraging people to give suggestions on the name of the new model. The new Hyundai Santro will be positioned as a replacement to the ageing Eon, first launched in 2011. Competing with models like Renault Kwid and Maruti Alto K10, Eon has been witnessing slump in sales and hence Hyundai is replacing it with the renewed Santro.
The new Santro will receive radical design changes over the old version. Spy shots of the hatchback reveal that it could retain the tall boy design, while copious tweaks will be made to the cabin in tandem with the rivals. Under the hood, expect the new Hyundai Santro to feature the updated version of 1.1-litre petrol unit used in the Santro Xing. Hyundai is also readying another version of the engine which will comply with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms that will come into effect from 2020.
The new Santro will be the first model from Hyundai to get an automated manual transmission. This gearbox will be based on the five-speed unit. Expected to be priced competitively, the new Santro will field against Tata Tiago and Maruti Alto K10 in the segment.