Hyundai’s small hatch­back

The Santro’s res­ur­rec­tion model

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Re­mem­ber the Santro that gave the likes of Maruti 800s and Zens the jit­ters? Be­ing one of the first cars to be launched by Hyundai in India, the Santro was one of the key rea­son for the com­pany’s suc­cess in the coun­try. The lit­tle hatch­back was spa­cious, pow­er­ful, ef­fi­cient and packed in fea­tures never be­fore seen at the time. Ever since its launch in the early 2000s, the car re­mained a best­seller in the coun­try till the time the com­pany launched the new i10. The i10 was a huge de­par­ture from the Santro and grad­u­ally the sales dwin­dled. Soon enough, Hyundai pulled the plug on the car and the void left by it was filled up by the i10. Cur­rently the com­pany of­fers the Eon as the en­try level hatch and then jumps straight to the i10. Not any more, if one were to be­lieve the pic­tures we have scooped. Th­ese are exclusive shots of what is be­lieved to be the new fam­ily car which will be placed a slot be­low the i10.

Let’s have a closer look. Even though the hatch is well clad, we can clearly spot the ‘Fluidic’ de­sign lines. The grille will prob­a­bly be sig­na­ture Hyundai and the head­lamps are pushed back and look some­what sporty. The in­di­ca­tors con­tinue to be nes­tled in the head­lamp unit. A closer look also re­veals that the new hatch will come with a

two-tier light­ing sys­tem up front. Right be­low the head­lamp sits an­other panel which should house the fog lamps. In pro­file, you can no­tice the rather long wheel­base which in­di­cates that the hatch will be spa­cious in­side. The tail­gate sports a small spoiler on top and the reg­is­tra­tion plate will sit on the rear bumper.

Go­ing by the Hyundai phi­los­o­phy, the new hatch is sure to of­fer some of the best in- class fea­tures. The seats will prob­a­bly car­ried over from the i10 but the dash, we guess will be a brand new de­sign. We are sure that the com­pany will of­fer a touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem in the new hatch­back.

Other fea­tures should in­clude power win­dows and cen­tral locking. While we can see steel wheels on th­ese test vari­ants, top mod­els should get al­loy wheels. The other sure shot safety fea­ture are airbags which the com­pany will of­fer for both the driver and the pas­sen­ger.

Moving on to the en­gine op­tions, it will most likely in­clude a 800cc mill from the Eon as well as a 1.0-litre mo­tor. Th­ese en­gines will be pared with 5-speed man­ual gear­boxes. Hyundai will also start of­fer­ing AMT soon and we be­lieve that this new hatch will be the first to get it. Ex­pect Hyundai to launch this all new hatch­back by mid 2018.


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