2018 Hyundai Santro breaks cover and its charming as ever

The Santro was probably the first tall boy hatch in India launched 20 years back by Hyundai, two decades on and this new Santro also promises to make a dent

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There are a few cars that assimilate emotions, Santro was one of those very few ones launched in our country nearly two decades ago. In fact, it was the first car that gave a break for Hyundai in India and then the rest is history. Two decades was enough a time for Hyundai to sit at the second spot of leading manufacturer in our country, only next to Maruti Suzuki. What was it that made the maiden attempt, the Santro itself so successful here. Tall boy looks, interior space, peppy engine, running costs and a sedate appeal is something I will recall to.

And now, we have a brand new Santro, unveiled just ahead of the festive season. It’s charming as ever. As seen from the pictures, the car gets a single big low positioned grill with high positioned fog lamps. The headlamps do resembled to be lifted and redesigned from the first generation i10 though. There are a lot of curves on the front and the overall front facia is resembles to the face of a happy man. The side profile is also neatly contoured and the overall design looks fresh. The design is nothing great, but its appealing and welcoming, something a person will prefer in this segment.

The new car is 3610 mm long ( 45 mm) more than the old Santro. Hyundai has packed the new Santro with segment first features like the 6.5 inch touch screen audio system and AC vents for rear passengers. The Multi-media system is equipped with smart phone connectivity – Android auto, Apple Carplay and Mirror Link along with supporting voice recognition function & rear parking camera display on screen.

The all new Santro is powered with a 4-cylinder 1.1 litre petrol engine that churns out 68bhp of maximum power and 99Nm of peak torque. The car will be the first Hyundai model to offer in-house developed smart auto AMT technology and will also get a factory fitted CNG kit offered as an optional accessory. The CNG mileage is quoted to be 20.3 kmpl by Hyundai. At 59bhp of maximum power, the CNG powered unit is slightly underpowered.

Speaking at the unveiling of the All New Santro, Y K Koo, MD & CEO, HMIL said, “Today is a historic and proud moment for us, as India has unanimously chosen the name of their Favourite Family Car to be called The All New Santro. Since its first launch, Santro created history with its numerous segment-first innovations and became the Complete Family Car for millions of Indians.”

Online bookings will commence from October 10, 2018 at a token amount of Rs 11,100 limited to first 50,000 customers.

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