Know what’s unique about the newly launched Hyundai Santro 2018.
One of the world’s leading car manufacturers Hyundai has launched its much-hyped all-new Santro in India. The latest version offers many first in the segment features that will pitch it aggressively in the ever-booming Indian car market. Hyundai has launched the all-new Santro at an extremely low price tag of INR 3.89 lakhs; the car is considered to be a direct competitor of Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio, Tata Tiago and so on.
The first Hyundai Santro model in India was launched way back in 1998 and it is still considered to be among the top-selling all-time models in the country. The model’s longtime brand ambassador, Shahrukh Khan was also present at the launch event. The South Korean company announced that the new version of Santro will be available in five variants, all powered by the petrol engine. Hyundai has also offered two variants of the new Santro with the company fitted CNG kit. For driving convenience, this car is also offered in Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT), other than the regular five-speed manual transmission.
The company is optimistic that the new Hyundai Santro will strengthen its position in the entry-level hatchback segment. The pre-bookings for the all-new Hyundai Santro is already underway and received an overwhelming response from the buyers with about 15,000 cars booked already.
Best In Segment Price
The new Santro is priced smartly in the range of INR 3.89 lakh to Rs. 5.40 lakh. The car will have five variants that include D-lite, Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. While the high-end versions will have many new features, the standard version will only get the basic ones.
Rear Air Conditioning Vents
One of the exciting features offered in the new Santro is the rear ac vents; something we don’t see in many entry-level hatchbacks.
Hyundai has given safety its due by including driver airbag along with ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) as standard across all the variants. While the Asta variant will have an additional passenger airbag as well.
Rear Parking Camera
The new Hyundai Santro also offers a rear parking camera with 17.64 cm screen for better parking assistance. Something that we usually don’t see in entry-level hatchbacks.
New Multimedia System
The latest Hyundai Santro offers a modern-day multimedia system that has all the necessary functions and controls to offer a great driving experience.
Exterior Design & Dimensions
Talking about the exteriors, the new Hyundai Santro has retained much of its old look with halogen headlamps. While in terms of dimensions, the new Hyundai Santro is 1560 mm tall, 3610 mm long and 1645 mm wide, with the wheelbase of 2400mm. This makes it a perfect sized family entry-level for Indian families.
In terms of interior, Hyundai has left no stone unturned. The new Hyundai Santro offers a comfy and airy interior that has a premium feel to it. The company has made sure that even the premium buyers give the car a chance to impress them. The dashboard is chic and the fabric seat upholstery feels top-class. The cabins are thoughtfully designed to ensure that the passengers are comfortable inside and get plenty of storage compartments.
Latest Smartphone Connectivity
With a modern-looking dashboard, the new Hyundai Santro boasts a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is equipped with smartphone connectivity and supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The latest system will make sure that you get a seamless experience while driving.
This time Hyundai has offered Santro in petrol and CNG variants only. There is no diesel variant available as of now for the new Hyundai Santro. The hatchback features a 4 cylinder 1.1-litre petrol engine from the company’s Epsilon engine family that churns out 68 bhp 99 Nm of torque. It gets a 5-speed manual gearbox with an optional (Automatic Manual Transmission) AMT unit as well. This is the first time that the company has offered AMT in Santro. On the other hand, the CNG variant is offered with a manual gearbox only and a reduced bhp of 59.
With the changing times and aspirations of the customers, Hyundai has offered the all-new Santro in 7 vibrant colours. The car is available in Imperial Beige, Marina Blue, Fiery Red, Typhoon Silver, Polar White, Stardust and special edition Diana Green.
Conclusion: Although the new Hyundai Santro looks very promising, but we have to wait and see how it performs among the customers. With the advent of Celerio, Tiago and Kwid, the entry-level segment is not the same as it was in the year 1998, when Santro first appeared on the scene. However, there’s hardly any doubt that the new model is going to give the existing cars a run for their money.