Sunday 21 October 2018

Hyundai Santro 2018 : Things to know before its launch

The Hyundai Santro was easily one of India's favourite hatchbacks. It was known for its reliability, space, great engine, smooth transmission, and of course, the tall boy stance . Moreover, it did not cost a lot of money either. Although the Santro was a great car but, would have looked outdated in today's market and hence, the production of the Santro was put to an end in 2014. It disheartened many who would have loved to own this car. It was then replaced by the Hyundai i10 and like almost every Hyundai car, it was an instant hit.
Many people might have forgotten the Santro but there are still many who might have missed the Santro and wished it was still in the market. As they say "miracles do happen" because people's wishes have been heard. It is October, 2018 and the all new Hyundai Santro will be launched anytime soon. So, let us take a moment to take a quick peek at all the things you would want to know about the 2018 Santro .

According to Hyundai, the overall design is based on "Rhythmical Tension" to give it a refined yet Sporty image. The new Santro has borrowed very less cues from the older generation Santro and the design looks fresh. It seems to have retained its tall boy stance so, headroom should not be a problem; but the design now has more curves added to it and does not look boxy anymore. The small grill at the front is long gone and is now being replaced by a giant grill that adds a "smiling" appearance. The fog lamps too are not where we are generally used to seeing fog lamps in a car. They are being moved more nearer too the head lamp and therefore, throw of the beam can be expected to travel further. Even the side view does not look disproportionate at all.

The all new Santro will have a first in segment 17.64 cm touch Audio-Video screen which can be expected to be available only in the higher variants. It will also come with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, Voice recognition, and rear view camera.

Hyundai says that the new Santro is built on a new platform. 63% Advanced High Strength Steel and High Strength steel have been used to provide better structural quality. Also ABS, EBD, and Driver's Airbag will come as standard. It is appreciable that safety has been given high priority.

The company claims that the 2018 Santro will come with best in class AC and will come with rear AC vents too to ensure comfort for the rear passengers. It will have Hyundai's patented 'Eco-Coating Technology' which will prevent development of unpleasant odour in the AC Evaporator by degrading micro organisms.

The Santro will be powered by a 4-cylinder 1.1 litre petrol which will result in lesser vibrations than a 3-cylinder car.  It will also come with AMT which probably will be either optional or might be available as a separate variant. And it is worth noting that the Santro now will also have an option for  a factory fitted CNG kit too.

The Santro will come with 3years/100,000 kms warranty and 3 years Road Side Assistance which is best in class. The maintenance cost is claimed to be the lowest with doorstep service facility. 

As of now, there is no official announcement about the price of the car but looking at the features of the product and the R&D that has been done for its production, the starting can be expected to be around 4 Lacs. 



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