Hyundai Santro To Make A Comeback In 2018


The hatchback from the Korean brand, which has ruled the Indian roads for more than a decade is all set to make a comeback. Yes, according to reports Hyundai Santro will be re-introduced in the Indian market in 2018 after it was discontinued in December 2014. Hyundai has already started working on the next-generation Santro in South Korea. But, the next-generation Santro will not be like the previous model and it will be replacing the Hyundai i10 when launched. The ‘Tall-Boy’ design which was prominent in 1998 is now a bit out date and most of the Indian customers styling taste has been changed now.

Hyundai Santro
Hyundai Santro Xing

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According to the source who leaked the development of Santro news also hinted that the next-generation Santro will be Tallish but, will look sleek, younger and dynamic. Looking at the response of the Renault Kwid, the new Santro might have SUVish design, which will help in maintaining the quick sales of the hatchback in an effective manner. The Hyundai i10 will be phased out gradually and Santro could be offered exclusively with an upgraded version.

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Hyundai Santro
Santro Xing Rear

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Under the hood configuration is not clear yet but, the same 1.0-litre Kappa 3-cylinder petrol engine might be offered which delivered a maximum power output of 67 PS and was coupled to 5-speed manual transmission. The starting price of new Hyundai Santro is expected to be around INR 4 lakh while the top variant might have a sticker price of INR 6 lakh. Looking at the success of the previous model, the Santro is expected to return that spree once again for the company.

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Once launched, the hatchback will be facing competition from the likes of Maruti-Suzuki WagonR, Tata Tiago, Chevrolet Beat and Ford Figo. Among all the competitors, Beat and WagonR are in a stage where they will soon be refreshed with a facelift or their next-generation model and Figo has recently received its next avatar. Tata Tiago is a new launch and in-line with the recent trend, so it will be interesting to see how Santro will match the level.