Hyundai brings back Santro

Hyundai brings back Santro


Hyundai has decided to bring back the old Santro brand into the car market from October 23 onwards. The new version of Santro car will come with a bevy of new features including automatic transmission, rear AC vents and a 7-nch touchscreen infotainment system.

Korean company Hyundai discontinued Santro brand from the market in 2014. Hyundai has decided the car needs to come back. The all-new Hyundai Santro will take on rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Maruti Suzuki Celerio, with the base variant likely to be priced starting Rs 4 lakh.

Pre-bookings for the car will start on October 11 for a sum of Rs 11,100 for the first 50,000 customers. The price of the car will rise after that.

Hyundai chose the name Santro for the car in a naming competition in which an overwhelming 66.6 percent of the 5 lakh respondents voted for the name ‘Santro’. The company spent $100 million in developing the hatchback.

"The all-new Santro is wider, bigger, spacious but slightly shorter than the older Santro. The car uses the same platform of Grand i10 and the existing 1.1 litre engine but tuned up for better performance," said YK Koo, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hyundai Motor India.

The new Santro will come with a 1.1-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing a peak power of 69 PS. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission the car will also get an automatic transmission option with the AMT gearbox. The car will also be available in CNG-petrol variants.

The new Santro is said to offer a fuel efficiency of 20.3 km/litre. (PenNews with input from UNI)