The new Santro is expected to be the first Hyundai offering to have an AMT
Last year, Hyundai officially announced that they will bring back the Santro moniker into their product portfolio. With spy shots making rounds on the Internet, it has become clear that the company is working on developing it. While the small car is due to be launched in the near future, Hyundai is expected to announce its official name sometime in the first week of October. The small car first came into existence as the Santro, but the second-generation model was brought in with the Xing suffix. While little is known about what Hyundai will call it, it's safe to assume that it will bear the Santro badge.
While there has been no official announcement from Hyundai about the engine specifications of the new Santro, it's expected to come with a 1.0-litre motor or a 1.2-litre motor. Both these will be petrol powerplants – there’s no news about a diesel Santro as yet. While the engine will be mated to a manual transmission, an AMT option will also be offered. Hyundai will source the AMT box from Magneti Marelli. This will make it the first Hyundai offering to be paired with an AMT box.
Although there are several spy shots of the upcoming Santro, all the test mules have been heavily camouflaged, making it difficult to decipher the design. That said, it may share a few parts with the larger Grand i10. Expect quality levels to be high and features list to be long for a car in its class. The upcoming Hyundai Santro will compete against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio/Wagon R, Tata Tiago and Datsun Go.