Hyundai AH2 (next-gen Santro) to be launched on October 23
A report on the internet suggests that Hyundai's upcoming entry-level small car, codenamed the Hyundai AH2, will be unveiled on October 9. This will be followed by the Hyundai Santro replacement being launched formally on October 23.
The company recently showed a design sketch of the new small car. The upcoming Santro will continue to bear its signature tall-boy lines, albeit in a modern avatar. The Hyundai Santro is also going to mark the debut of Hyundai's new AMT gearbox. Seeing as how there has been a rise in popularity of automatic and AMT versions in the country, this is a good platform to launch its offering.
The Hyundai Santro is an important car for the company as it aims to become the number 1 carmaker in the country. The new-gen hatchback will sit between the Eon and Grand i10 in the company's line-up and will carry a similar design language with strong lines, LED DRLs and the full-face grille seen on the facelifted Grand i10. The new Santro features large tail lights like the Eon. Like the updated Grand i10, the new Santro gets black inserts in the bumpers.
Coming to the interior, the new-gen Hyundai Santro will come with a three-spoke steering wheel with audio mounted controls. In addition, the hatch might also get a touchscreen system that can be operated through steering mounted controls. Reports suggest that the dash-mounted gear lever, cabin trim design and other bits will resemble that of the Grand i10. All these features will make the new-gen Hyundai Santro a lot more premium than before.
While there is no official confirmation yet, we expect the new Hyundai Santro to be powered by an 800cc petrol engine, pretty much the norm in the segment. Hyundai is expected to offer an AMT version as well. We expect the new Hyundai Santro to be priced in the Rs 2.5 lakh to 4.5 lakh price bracket. Given Hyundai's penchant for offering features, we also expect the new Hyundai Santro to come loaded with equipment like airbags, ABS and a touchscreen infotainment system.
The B-segment has seen Maruti lose its dominance over it with the Renault Kwid being successful which has made the segment open up to new players. But while Hyundai has strong products in other price points, it's B-segment challenger, the Eon, hasn't been competitive enough. Hyundai will be hoping this new car gives it a better shot.
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