L-R Vijay Kamat – Assist GM Service, Nilesh Dessai Sr Sales manager, Boney Fernandes Vice president, Anant Joshi Service manager Verna, Akshay Joshi director, Yeshwant Shirodkar, manager body shop, Sharad Habbu service manger posing next to the Santro after unveiling the car
A day after the new Santro made its India debut at the national capital in Delhi. Hyundai has now officially launched the Santro in Goa. Hyundai says the new Santro has gained more than 23,500+ bookings for the car all through the online booking system.
The new Santro has been built on the Korean car makers HA platform that underpinned the old i10 and will be manufactured at the company’s Chennai plant. It will be available in 9 variants ranging from D-Lite, Era, Magna, Magna AMT, Magna CNG, Sportz, Sportz AMT, Sportz CNG Asta and 7 exterior paint schemes. The paint schemes include fiery red, imperial beige, Polar white, Stardust, Typhoon silver, Marina blue and Diana green.
The Santro’s design has an attractive profile packaged in a not so tallboy design. The face wears the large cascade grille with high set fog lamps. The sweptback headlamps have been placed high up on the sleek bonnet along with the Hyundai logo. Moving to the sides and the first thing you will notice are two character lines and a neat looking kink in the window line for the rear window. The rear however gets small looking combination lamps and a clean bootlid, while the bumper houses a dual tone look with a black portion housing the reflectors.
On the inside, Hyundai has packaged the Santro’s cabin to offer maximum space and comfort. The tallboy design liberates a lot of headroom and legroom as well and rear passengers will be pleased to notice the presence of rear A/C vents for extra comfort. Boot space of the car stands at 235 litres which can be extended by flipping down the rear seats.
The dashboard is finished in black and beige dual tone setup, while the Green Santro gets an all black dashboard along with green accents on the dashboard. The Santro comes with 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that also doubles up as a reverse parking camera and gets Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, mirror link, voice recognition and bluetooth compatibility.
Features on offer on the new Santro include electric adjust wing mirrors, body coloured door handles, 14-inch steel wheels shod in 165/70 section rubber, rear wiper with wash/wipe function and defogger, passenger vanity mirror, , 2.5 inch mid screen in instrument cluster that also gets a tachometer as well and reverse parking sensors.
Powering the new hatchback is a 1.1 litre Epsilon petrol motor that produces 69bhp and 99 Nm of torque, while the CNG powered car puts out 59 PS and 8.6 Nm of torque. Transmission options for the petrol include a 5-speed manual and AMT, with the CNG getting only the 5-speed manual. Hyundai claims 20.13 kmpl for the petrol Santro and 30.5kgm for the CNG powered version.
Hyundai is also offering best in segment 4 years 100,000kms warranty and 3 years road side assistance for the Santro. In terms of competition the Santro will take on the Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago.
Prices for 2018 Hyundai Santro (ex and on road prices)VariantEx showroomOn Road GoaSantro D-liteRs 3.89 Lakhs4,74,427Santro EraRs 4.24 Lakhs5,14,261Santro MagnaRs 4.57 Lakhs5,51,818Santro Magna AMTRs 5.18 Lakhs6,21,242Santro SportzRs 4.99 Lakhs5,99,619Santro Sportz AMTRs 5.46 Lakhs6,53,109Santro AstaRs 5.45 Lakhs6,51,971