The second coming of Hyundai India's most popular hatchback, Santro is getting a phenomenal response. The South Korean carmaker launched new Santro on October 23 and a month after launch bookings numbers are in a run to touch 40,000 unit mark.
Hyundai Motor India Limited confirmed on Tuesday that it has got over 38,500 bookings for the 2018 Santro and 2,11,000 enquiries since its national launch. The AMT models contributed 30 percent and CNG versions 18 percent of the total bookings so far.
While the company has not officially revealed the waiting period, multiple reports claim it stands up to four months depending on the colour and variants. Hyundai has now forced to ramp up the Santro production and plans to roll out 10,000 units in November in a bid to bring down the waiting period.
"The all new Santro is a true expression of Hyundai brand in India...We are overwhelmed with the positive customer response ana d strong appreciation of the all-new Santro," said Y K Koo- MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Limited.
Priced from Rs 3.40 lakh to Rs 5.65 lakh (ex-showroom), 2018 Santro draws power from 1.1-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 69bhp of power and 99Nm of torque. The mill comes mated to two transmission option- 5-speed manual and 5-speed Smart Auto AMT (first time in a Hyundai car).
In addition, Hyundai offers CNG-powered Magna and Sportz variants with a lower output of 58hp. Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency of 20.3kmpl for the petrol variants of the 2018 Santro and 30.5km/kg for CNG variants.
In terms of design, the new Santro features a tall boy design in line with the original model launched in 1998. 2018 Santro gets Hyundai's signature cascading grille with a chrome outline. The peeled back styled headlamps look large and it connects the bonnet and front fender in the top section. The creases at both front and rear wheels and a kink in the window line add a modern touch to the sides of new Santro while the rear gets wraparound taillights, wide windscreen and the number plate is positioned on the rear bumper.
On the inside, two-tone interior (beige and black) adds premium touch. The top variants of the Santro boast of the 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition and mirror link feature. It also gets a reverse camera, rear wash, wipe and defogger, electric mirrors and windows, ORVM mounted blinkers and front fog lamps.