Santro headed to SA as new Atos

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO MOTORING -

HYUNDAI has breathed new life into one of its most iconic name­plates by un­veil­ing the long awaited Santro in In­dia, which will re­port­edly re­turn to SA as the next gen­er­a­tion Atos.

Set to ri­val the likes of the im­mi­nent up­dated Dat­sun Go, Re­nault Kwid and Suzuki Cele­rio, the Santro re­tains the tall stance of its pre­de­ces­sor, but boasts a more con­tro­ver­sial de­sign with the top mounted head­lights be­ing split from the fog lights by the Hyundai’s trade­mark Cas­cad­ing grille, a flow­ing rear door line, in­wards mov­ing C-pil­lar and a rear fas­cia de­sign not dis­sim­i­lar to the first gen­er­a­tion Grand i10.

Avail­able in a choice of seven colours: Po­lar White, Ty­phoon Sil­ver, Im­pe­rial Beige, Star­dust, Fiery Red, Dyna Green and Ma­rina Blue, the Santro mea­sures 3 610mm in over­all length with a wheel­base of 2 400mm, height of 1 560mm and width of 1 645mm.

In­side, the in­te­rior also takes cues from both the Grand i10 and Kona, with higher spec mod­els com­ing equipped with a seven-inch touch­screen dis­play in­cor­po­rat­ing Blue­tooth, USB Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto and Mir­rorLink.

A seg­ment first, the Santro also comes with rear air con­di­tion­ing vents and safety in the form of a driver’s airbag and ABS with EBD on all mod­els, while the Asta vari­ant, apart from gain­ing a pas­sen­ger’s airbag, rear park­ing sen­sors and a re­verse cam­era, swaps the stan­dard beige in­te­rior for a black fin­ish, com­plete with green body in­serts when spec­i­fied in the Dyna Green hue.

In In­dia, the Santro will go on sale with a choice of five trim lev­els; D-Lite, Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta with all be­ing pow­ered by a 1.1-litre petrol en­gine that de­vel­ops 50kW/99Nm when run­ning on petrol, or 43kW/84Nm when pow­ered by com­pressed nat­u­ral gas (CNG).

Stan­dard on all mod­els is a fivespeed man­ual gear­box, with some also re­ceiv­ing a five-speed au­to­mated man­ual.

Fuel con­sump­tion is rated at 4.9-litres/100km for the petrol.

While Hyundai SA has yet to of­fi­cially con­firm whether the Santro will be­come the Atos, ex­pect it to be of­fered only with the con­ven­tional petrol en­gine and a more lim­ited model line-up.

When it does get the green light, chances are that sales could com­mence to­wards the end of this year or in early 2019.

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