Editorial

Is Hyundai looking back at Santro?

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“If all else fails, sometimes the old ways are the best”. But there’s nothing failing for Hyundai really, it has everything going for it, at least here in India. All its recent products are well built, well kitted and well received. Not to mention, they’re well priced too. Then why should it look back at an old name Santro? Well, the reason seems to be none other than the customers. There were reports few months ago I remember, that customers are still asking for the now-discontinued Santro at several dealerships, which came to Hyundai’s notice.

Maybe Hyundai thought they should give it a shot, or perhaps is it the “Baleno” which made them look back? We might never know, but, right now there are fresh reports, or rather rumours going on, that a new Santro is in works, and is expected to be unveiled in 2018. If these rumours are to be believed, this new Santro will replace the ageing regular i10, thus positioning it between the Eon and Grand i10.

The original Santro introduced in 1998 came with several engines until it was phased out in 2014, from 1.0 to 1.4 litre. The last one had 1396 cc and 1591 cc on offer. But, the new one is expected to pack a 1.0 litre engine, to take on the likes of Maruti Celerio, K10 and Renault Kwid.

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