The 2019 Hyundai Santro will be loaded with features to take on the next-gen Wagon R.
In today’s social media age, it’s quite difficult to keep a secret, especially when it’s hiding your upcoming launch, be it a mobile phone or a car. While Hyundai has done a great job to keep the Santro’s design under wraps with the only sightings of the 20-year old brand car being in camouflage, finally someone has clicked the car with little camo at a dealership, this is likely to be at a dealer training event.
As can be seen in these images, the 2019 Hyundai Santro gets a large grille, any larger and it could swallow cars in front of it. Jokes aside, the fog-lights which are placed quite high, sit next to the grille and the headlights are sweptback. The rearview mirrors get turn indicators on them while the tail-lights get the wraparound treatment. The rear image reveals a reverse camera, rear wiper and rear defogger as well. No images of the side have been leaked but we expect the length to be slightly more than the Eon, the car it replaces.
On the interior front, the 2019 Hyundai Santro gets a dual-tone interior of black and beige. It is loaded with a ton of features including rear AC vents and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. We expect better packaging then the Eon which means there will be decent room at the rear although not as spacious as the Grand i10, the car under which the Santro will be positioned.
Powering the new Santro will be a 1.1-litre petrol engine that outputs 70 PS of power and 104 Nm of torquer, paired to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The Santro makes Hyundai’s debut in the slow but cost effective AMT world. Claimed fuel economy is 20.3 km/l which is less for a hatchback as the new Ford Aspire 1.2 petrol has a claimed mileage of 20.4 km/l and it’s a sedan, albeit compact!
Hyundai has invited MotorBeam to its plant to drive the new Santro on the 8th of October but it’s a camouflage drive and although we will be shown the car, we aren’t allowed to click pictures as the Korean automaker wants to keep the suspense alive till the Santro’s official revival (launch) happens on the 23rd of October. The 2019 Hyundai Santro will compete against the upcoming Maruti Wagon R which is due for launch early next year.
2019 Hyundai Santro
– The all-new Santro replaces the Eon
– The car gets a host of segment unique features
– To be offered with a petrol engine only
– The new Santro will boast of high VFM quotient