Hyundai’s small hatchback
The Santro’s resurrection model
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.
THE FLUIDIC DESIGN LINES ARE FAIRLY EVIDENT. THE GRILLE WILL PROBABLY BE SIGNATURE HYUNDAI WHILE THE HEADLAMPS LOOK SOMEWHAT SPORTY AND SHARP