Hyundai Santro, the iconic hatchback car which was discontinued by the company in late 2014, is making a comeback to India this year, around Diwali. The concept for the ‘new’ Santro is expected to be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Similar to the previous model, the car will be priced between Rs 3.5-4 lakhs.
The new Santro will be announced to replace the Hyundai i10, against the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and will be available in two variants, Petrol and Petrol+CNG. It is expected to be powered by the 1.1-litre, 4-cylinder 1086cc engine which could generate approximately 68 bhp of power.
Further, the facelifted Santro will be wider and taller than the discontinued Hyundai i10, which was measured at 1595 mm in Width, 3585 mm in length and 1550 mm in height, as confirmed by Y. K. Koo, MD & CEO, Hyundai.
To recall, Santro entered the Indian market in 1997, with various variants as Zip Drive, Zip Plus etc. Later in 2003, the first generation (Zip) was replaced with the second generation Santro Xing, became an iconic car in the market. The car proved t be the biggest success story for Hyundai in the Indian market, eventualy helping ghe firm take the no. 2 position in India after industry leader Maruti Suzuki. So much so, that during its lifetime of close to 16 years in the market, the Santro sold close to 2 million units finally, firmly establishing the Hyundai brand in the market.
Meanwhile, Hyundai has planned to invest Rs 6,300 Crore in India for setting up its new facility in the county. Which will help it to introduce nine products, which will include the electric vehicles and new Santro by 2020.
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