Hyundai Santro was a very popular compact hatchback in India between 1997 - 2014

Hyundai Santro is one of the most famous cars this country has ever seen in its automotive history. When the South Korean automaker Hyundai entered Indian automotive industry in late 90’s they introduced the model Santro as the first tallboy of the country. Immediately after the launch of the car Santro became immensely popular in Indian market.

The Hyundai Santro is the model which went selling in India for 17 long years before the automaker stopped manufacturing and selling the car in 2014. But still after two years the car has been popular among people. The tallboy design and the MPFI engine was the main USP of the popular Santro. During its 17 years of lifespan in Indian market the car sold 13.6 lakh units in the domestic market, while it exported 5.35 lakh units to the overseas markets. When Hyundai was phasing out the Santro, at that time also the car was selling around 2500 units every month. In the first fiscal half of 2014 – 2015 Hyundai India sold 14595 units of Santro in India.

Meanwhile the automaker has garnered a strong customer base in the country, which has inspired the Hyundai to re-launch the Santro again. Last month we reported that the Hyundai is planning to introduce the Santro again to Indian market in an all new avatar. Now a spyshot has popped up in the web, which suggests the automaker is already in an advanced position in the development process of the next generation Hyundai Santro.

The new Santro will don exciting look and features and it will be based on the automaker’s new generation design language. Compare to the old model the new Santro will look aggressive and more stylish, as the spyshots suggest.

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2017 Hyundai Santro
  • Year: 2017
  • Make: Hyundai
  • Model: Santro
  • Transmission: 5 speed MT (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 68 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM: 69
  • Displacement: 998 cc (Est.)
  • Price: INR 400000 (Est.)
  • car segment: compact cars
  • body style: hatchback

EXTERIOR

The front profile as the spyshot suggests will be completely redefined. The 2017 Hyundai Santro will sport an aggressive front fascia, which is similar to the present crop of Hyundai models. The front grille has been completely revamped. Now it gets a large hexagonal grille. The headlamp clusters look sharp and bold sporting projector headlamps. The sleek chrome strip can be seen joining the two headlamp clusters. The front bumper has been redesigned as well. The LED fog lamps are sleek and strip like shaped.

So far, the entire front fascia looks different. Expect the changes to continue to the side profile as well. It would sport sharper character lines and the shoulder line could go upward toward the rear inspired by the Fluidic design language. The rear profile has been also redesigned. The taillamps are positioned in vertically stacking order. It looks like Hyundai has taken the design cue from the Eon while designing the taillamps of the new Santro. The rear windscreen looks differently shaped. Expect the car to sport a rear roof spoiler as well.

The closest competitor against the Hyundai Santro will be the Maruti-Suzuki WagonR. No wonder, the WagonR is a very popular tallboy designed compact hatchback in Indian market. The WagonR has been in the Indian market for quite long time. As it seems the Hyundai Santro will be much better designed than the WagonR. Among other rivals The Chevrolet Beat is also a strong one which comes with a sleek and very sharp design. The next generation beat will come with way much better appearance. Recently unveiled Datsun Redi Go will also be one of the competitors. The latest tallboy in the Indian automotive market has been designed in a very muscular and beefy appearance.

INTERIOR

Although there is image available of the interior of the next generation Hyundai Santro, but the car would surely get a revamped interior. The dashboard is expected to come in a redesigned way, while the steering wheel might sport some control buttons in the top trim albeit. The instrument cluster would get a redesigning touch. Expect the centre console to sport a new design, while the AC vents would come bearing slated rectangular shape instead of round shape in the old model. Being a tall boy the Hyundai Santro offers a spacious interior delivering a comfortable experience to the occupants.

The Maruti-Suzuki WagonR, Datsun Redi Go and the Chevrolet Beat sport spacious interiors. All these cars are equipped with minimalist features being the entry level models, and designed in a very much practical way.

DRIVETRAIN

The next generation of Hyundai Santro might derive its powertrain from the Hyundai Eon. The Eon comes with a 1.0 litre petrol engine which has a 998 cc of displacement. The engine would be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, and it will churn out 68 bhp of peak power at 6200 rpm and 94 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm. Power will be sent to the front wheels. The car will come more fuel efficient than before with an expectantly 21 kmpl of fuel efficiency.

The Maruti-Suzuki WagonR is powered by a Suzuki’s K series 1.0 litre engine and it gets both manual and AMT gearbox as option. The Datsun Redi Go is available with a sub 1.0 litre engine which is paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Chevrolet Beat sports a bit larger engine which is a 1.2 litre petrol unit. Although the WagonR is available in an AMT variant, but the Hyundai Santro is unlikely to receive an AMT. It is also unlikely to receive a diesel variant. But alongside the petrol variant there would be a CNG version as well, which will attract the fleet operators for sure.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine 1.0 litre
Displacement 998 cc
Fuel type Petrol
Maximum power 68 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Maximum torque 94 Nm @ 3500 rpm
Transmission 5 speed manual
Fuel economy 21 kmpl

PRICING

The Hyundai Santro would be priced closely to its closest competitor Maruti-Suzuki WagonR. In that case the new Santro would get a price tag around INR. 4 lakh

Here is a variant wise pricing we can expect for the 2017 Hyundai Santro:

Trims Expected Price
2017 Hyundai Santro Era INR 4.03 lakhs
2017 Hyundai Santro Magna INR 4.37 lakhs
2017 Hyundai Santro Sportz INR 4.58 lakhs
2017 Hyundai Santro Asta INR 4.91 lakhs

COMPETITION

MARUTI-SUZUKI WAGONR

2010 Maruti-Suzuki WagonR Exterior High Quality
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Maruti-Suzuki WagonR is a very popular compact hatchback in India designed with the tallboy appearance. The popular car is powered by a 998 cc K10B engine which is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The car is available in an AMT gearbox option as well. It produces 68 PS of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. The fuel economy stands at 18.9 kmpl for the WagonR.

Maruti-Suzuki WagonR Gallery

DATSUN REDI GO

2016 Datsun redi-GO Exterior High Quality
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The Datsun Redi Go is the latest offering from the Japanese automaker Datsun. The car has been designed as a tallboy and it appears with muscular cuts and creases. The interior of the car has been designed in a minimalist yet practical way. Power comes from a 0.8 litre SCe engine which is also available under the hood of the Renault Kwid. The engine is paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox and churns out 54 PS of peak power and 74 Nm of peak torque. Fuel economy for this powertrain is impressive 25.17 kmpl.

Datsun Redi Go Gallery

CHEVROLET BEAT

2014 Chevrolet Beat
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Chevrolet Beat is quite popular in Indian market, thanks to its compact design, easy handling and peppy engine. The car will take on the Hyundai Santro when the latter gets launched. Chevrolet Beat is powered by a 1.2 litre S-TEC II petrol engine paired with a 5 speed manual transmission and kicking out 80.5 PS of peak power and 108 Nm of peak torque.

Chevrolet Beat Gallery

CONCLUSION

The Hyundai Santro has always been one of the most popular compact hatchbacks in Indian market. When it was launched first time in India the car created quite a sensation. Later on it has been the prime model of the Hyundai Motor India Limited for a long time. Now the South Korean automaker already has a strong base in India, it wants to re-launch the model in the country. Once it gets launch, no wonder the Santro badge will surely help this car to get momentum.

QUOTE

“The news of Hyundai bringing back the Santro has brought several memories from late 1990s. It was not only the first family car for a lot of Indian families but also happened to be the first ever car from the South Korean automaker in India.”
— Motoroids

“Hyundai India could be planning to launch the all-new Santro to rival the Marutis in the entry-level market.”
— Car Blog India

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