Hyundai has been busy developing an all-new hatchback which will slot in between the entry-level Eon and the Grand i10. It will fill in the void created by the absence of the i10 and is regarded as a spiritual successor to the highly popular Santro. It is rumoured to adopt the Santro name as well when it arrives later this year. The new hatch will be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
The test mules of the new hatchback have been spotted testing on public roads on many occasions already. However, there is no official word from the Korean carmaker regarding the new hatchback yet. All we know so far is that the hatchback would be wider and taller compared to the Hyundai i10 model and will be powered by a petrol engine with the option of a factory-fitted CNG engine. The Santro will be offered with both manual and automatic gearboxes which in all possibilities would be an AMT unit.
A spied image of Hyundai’s engine assembly plant surfaced online welcoming a new four-cylinder engine for the AH2 hatchback. Internally called ‘Hyundai Family Concept’, the new urban hatchback will have the new signature cascading-grille fascia with a contemporary design language. The cabin will get all the features expected in that segment and some more. The next-gen Santro will be powered by a small and efficient petrol engine with anything between 800cc or 1.2-litre displacement. As for the gearbox, there will be a five-speed manual as standard but an AMT will surely be available as well.
The all-new hatchback would lock horns with the 1.0-litre Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio and the Wagon R in the high-volume segment. With the highly popular Santro moniker, the car can be a runaway success for Hyundai. The new Santro will help Hyundai achieve its goal of 1 million sales by 2020. Prices are expected to be around Rs 4 – 5 lakhs when it is launched near the festive season in late 2018.