One of the most successful nameplates in the Hyundai's portfolio, the Santro is reportedly coming back and the vehicle is currently under development in South Korea. According to ET Auto, vendor sources have confirmed the new iteration of Santro and it will be launched in India in around two years.
Reports claim the new Hyundai car project, which is internally called AH, will be the new Santro in the production avatar. Arguably one of the first tall boy designed hatchbacks in the country launched in 1998, the Santro in new version is also expected to be tall boy design with crossover stance. When launched, the new Santro is expected to compete against the Renault Kwid and soon-to-be-launched Datsun redi-Go.
The detail on the new car is scarce at the moment. Reports say the new Santro will be based on a new platform that will be shared by the company with the Kia brand as well. The car will be powered by either 800cc engine or a 1.0-litre engine, and both will be highly frugal.
The Santro hatchback was the first model of Hyundai Motor India Ltd launched in India. The car also debuted with MPFI engine at the time of carburettor engines. Hyundai sold 13.6 lakh units in the domestic market till it was discontinued in the end of 2014. Hyundai Santro clocked nearly 1.9 million units of lifetime sales from both domestic as well as global markets.