Hyundai’s highly anticipated entry-level hatchback, Santro made an official debut today in the country. Launched at an introductory price of Rs 3.89 lakh (ex-showroom), the bookings for all new Santro started from October 10, 2018 and interestingly, it has been able to garner 23,500 orders so far. This testifies the hatchback’s popularity among the customers. It is to be noted the pre-bookings were open exclusively online for the hatchback which were halted a day before the launch.
Touted as a global product, the 2018 Hyundai Santro will export the model to other markets from India, albeit the domestic demand will be given first preference. The model has been launched in an AMT option, which is a first for a Hyundai car in India. According to the officials at the company, around 32 per cent of the bookings received so far are for the AMT equipped variant. Coming to the AMT unit on the new Santro, it is built indigenously by Hyundai. This unit comes equipped with a hydraulic, which is controlled by a separate electric unit.
Powered by the 1.1-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, the new Santro offers maximum power of 68 bhp against top torque of 99 Nm and is available with a standard five-speed manual unit along with an optional AMT gearbox. The company claims this engine is already BS-VI ready. The hatchback can also be had in a CNG option that puts out 59 bhp and returns 30.48 km/kg of mileage. As for the petrol engine, it is claimed to deliver 20.3 km/l.