A semi-camouflaged 2018 Hyundai Santro model has been spotted testing on Indian roads. This is the new hatchback that Hyundai is going to launch next year and going by reports, it will be none other than the Santro in a refreshed avatar. The Santro was discontinued officially in the year 2014 and Hyundai may opt to retain the brand name for its sheer popularity or come up with a new name altogether. The Santro may even be displayed at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo and could launch in mid-2018 as per reports. Once launched, it will take on the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago in the Indian market.
The car’s rear silhouette looks quite similar to the Hyundai Grand i10 and this indicates that some styling touches can be inspired by the same. The tallboy stance remains for the hatchback with bigger windowpanes and this will ensure a roomier cabin. There is a full wheel cover for the steel wheels and this hints at the possibility of the test car being a lower variant with alloy wheels possibly being offered for the top-end trims. However, alloy wheels may not be offered at all in order to keep costs competitive.
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The top-end model may also come with a touch screen infotainment unit and the cabin, overall, will have quite a few contemporary touches. According to reports, Hyundai may consider 1.0 litre and 0.8 litre engine options for the new Santro and these engines will be paired to 5-speed manual transmission units with an AMT option in the offing sometime later. The brand new Santro is expected to be a major volume driver for Hyundai in the Indian market and could be priced from Rs. 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards.