The much-awaited second-generation Hyundai Santro has been launched with a starting price tag of Rs 3.89 lakh ex-showroom, Pan India. Variant-wise introductory ex-showroom prices below –
|Magna||Rs 457,900||Rs 518,900||Rs 523,900|
|Sportz||Rs 499,900||Rs 546,900||Rs 564,900|
As for the design, the designers appear to have taken the inspiration from the i10 itself (old and new), while giving it a tall boy look which the original car was known for. The i10’s influence is evident when you view the car from the rear quarter angle. On the exterior, the car gets Hyundai signature Cascading Grille which is flanked by decent-sized fog lamps, chrome surround for the grille, body colored bumpers & door handles, ORVM-integrated turn signals, and 14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.
Apparently, the dashboard design is inspired by an elephant, which is an important figure in the Indian culture. You can also notice a dedicated space on the top section to keep the idols. The power window controls are located on the centre console. The dual-tone black & beige theme is standard across the range.
Other features include keyless entry, standard tachometer, 2.5-inch MID, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Smart Phone Connectivity (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Mirrorlink), steering mounted controls, voice recognition, manual AC, rear AC vents, Eco Coating Technology, USB port & 12V power outlet, and electrically adjustable ORVMs.
Built on the K1 platform, the new Santro has a body structure comprising of 63% AHSS+HSS. A driver airbag and ABS with EBD comes as standard across the range. Higher variants get a passenger airbag, front seat belt pretensioner with load limiter, speed sensing auto door lock & impact sensing auto door unlock, rear defogger, day & night IRVM, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, and fire extinguisher for the CNG models.
Which then brings us to the business end of the story. Powering the new Santro is a 1.1-litre (1,086 cc) 4-cylinder petrol engine, with an output of 69 hp at 5,500 rpm and 99 Nm (73 lb-ft) of torque at 4,500 rpm. Transmission is a 5-speed manual or a ‘Smart Auto’ AMT which has been developed in-house at Hyundai. Fuel efficiency is claimed to be 20.3 km/l.
There is also a factory-fitted CNG option where the engine output drops to 59 hp and 84 Nm (62 lb-ft). The CNG variant is available only with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Hyundai is offering 3 years or 100,000 km warranty, and 3 years road-side assistance.
There are 7 colors to choose from – Typhoon Silver, Polar White, Stardust, Imperial Beige, Marina Blue, Fiery Red, and Diana Green which comes with sporty black interiors and green inserts.
Last but not the least, the new Santro measures 3,610 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,560 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2,400 mm.