Hyundai to debut AMT gearbox in India with new AH2 small car/Santro replacement in October
Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) is set to offer a new small car that will reprise the position left empty after the production of the popular Santro model was stopped. This new small car, codenamed the AH2, is expected to make its debut in October, around the festive season. The biggest mechanical update with the AH2 is that it will also introduce Hyundai's AMT gearbox in India. The AMT gearbox, which Hyundai has been developing since 2016, will largely consist of in-house parts. This AMT gearbox could also subsequently find its way to other budget offerings from the Korean carmaker, as an option. Hyundai India will manufacture this new car at its plant in Sriperumbudur, Chennai.
The new Hyundai AH2 small car is as yet unnamed, and sadly, the company will not reprise the Santro model name. Hyundai India MD and CEO YK Koo stated that the company intends to start a naming contest on August 16, to crowdsource the name before its eventual launch. The AH2 has been spotted multiple times, slowly revealing some of its features over recent months.
The car 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 Santro replacement features large tail lights like the Eon. Like the updated Grand i10, the new AH2 gets black inserts in the bumpers.
Coming to the interior, the AH2 will come with a three-spoke steering wheel with audio mounted controls. In addition, the hatch might also get a touchscreen system that one can operate through the steering mounted controls. It is being said 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 800cc and 1.0-litre petrol engines, pretty much the norm in the segment. We expect the new small car to be priced in the Rs 2.5 lakh to 4.5 lakh rupee price bracket. An updated Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is also expected to launch around this time, in direct competition to the AH2.
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