Hyundai Can Retain Santro Nameplate With New Hatchback

The Hyundai Motors is all set to launch a new small car in the country in the second half of 2018 and the company is also manufacturing an AMT(automated manual transmission) version for this entry-level hatchback.

Previously, the carmaker had strategically said that the new hatchback in the section will be placed above the EON, did not mention the name of the Santro. Although, it is found that the new entry-level hatchback will receive some changes in the specs.

The Hyundai had entered the Indian market in the year 1998 with the small car christened as Santro. It has resulted in a massive success for the automaker with approximately 1.9 million unit sold out during the 16-year in the market. Its production was ended in 2014 and after that, the carmaker announced to not carry a new generation of the famous hatchback car.

Alternatively, the i10 replaced the space vacated by the Santro while the Grand i10 accepted revise in the premium compact hatchback space as compared to the similarity with the Ford Figo and the Maruti Suzuki Swift.

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But now, the company has decided to carry forward the Santro nameplate with the latest hatchback SUV as per the dealer and increasing consumer demands. Y K Koo, MD & CEO at Hyundai said that the Santro nameplate will be seen in the new small car, which is expected to be taller and wider as compared to the Hyundai i10.

Previously prevailed version, i10 was available with 1595mm in width and 3585mm in length. The car was powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine making a maximum power of 69PS.

On the possibility to add a Santro badge with the new car, Koo said, "It will be launched near Diwali this year. So, we will take a final call on the Santro badge around that time. However, I must admit that we are under a lot of pressure from dealers, customers, and the market to bring back the Santro brand."