Written byShiladitya Ray
Hyundai has finally lifted the veil over the all-new Santro's looks.
The new Hyundai Santro is one of the most awaited offerings of this year in the Indian automotive sector, and incidentally, its launch also coincides with Hyundai's 20th anniversary in India.
Notably, Hyundai invested heavily in the new Santro, spending $100mn in three years over its development.
Here are the details.
For starters, the all-new Santro looks quite modern with its sleek swept-back headlights, and Hyundai's signature grille.
In terms of dimensions, the length of the new Santro is 45mm longer than the older version, and the wheelbase has been increased too.
The new Santro is expected to give direct competition to other micro-hatchbacks like the Tata Tiago, and Maruti's Celerio and WagonR.
Under its hood, the all-new Santro packs a 1.1-litre petrol engine offering 69hp at 5,500rpm, and a peak torque of 99Nm at 4,500rpm.
It's also the first Hyundai model to offer a first-of-its-kind AMT gearbox developed in-house by Hyundai.
Additionally, the car will also have a factory-fitted CNG option, which may make it a top pick for taxi aggregators.
Reportedly, the new Santro will offer a fuel economy of 20.3km per litre for its petrol variant, while the CNG variant will offer a mileage of 30.5km per kg of CNG.
On the inside, the new Santro offers many new-age technologies.
It comes with a first-in-segment 7-inch infotainment system that supports both Android Auto and Apple Carplay, along with MirrorLink and voice recognition.
The new Santro also features first-in-segment rear AC vents, and comes with a rear parking camera, steering-mounted controls, and other features which give it a premium feel.
The Santro is scheduled for an all-out launch on October 23 and is expected to be priced between Rs. 3.7 lakh and Rs. 6 lakh, depending on variants.
Meanwhile, Hyundai is accepting pre-bookings for the car for a token amount of Rs. 11,000 till October 22. However, this offer is only valid for the first 50,000 customers seeking to pre-book the car.
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