The new Hyundai Santro hatchback - codenamed AH2- will be revealed on October 9th, followed by its market launch on October 23rd.
The much-awaited Hyundai Santro replacement, codenamed AH2, is inching closer to its market launch as it’s expected to go on sale just before the festive season – towards the end of October 2018 that is. Prior to the launch, Hyundai will reveal the new hatchback in full metal to select media outlets – including autoX – in a preview on October 9, 2018.
Although not confirmed, the AH2 hatchback is expected to bring back the Santro nameplate, but with a suffix. The new car will be replacing the Eon and will become the most affordable Hyundai model in India. Design-wise, it’s going to club the tall-boy proportions of its predecessor with the ‘fluidic’ lines seen on current Hyundai cars. Given how well built the Eon is, expect the AH2 to take the game forward in terms of build quality and fit and finish. There’ll be more equipment on offer as well.
As for the powertrain, the AH2 hatchback will come with an updated version of the 1.1-litre petrol engine that used to propel the Santro Xing before it was axed in 2016. The engine is expected to produce around 65bhp of power and it’ll come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The company will also be offering an AMT version with the AH2 – a first for any Hyundai in India.
When launched, the Hyundai AH2 hatchback will compete against the likes of the Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki Alto & Wagon R, Renault Kwid, etc.