Hyundai, as we know, is developing an entirely new Santro for the masses and we have already seen early prototypes of the car here in India. What we have here now are spy shots of the European-spec model (dubbed Atos Prime) that will be sold below the i10 globally.
Hyundai pulled the plug on the Atos Prime back in early 2008 in favour of the then-new i10. Besides India, the Santro/Atos Prime was sold in Asia and Europe. Since then we have had two generations of the i10, but these spy shots prove that Hyundai is going to present a new offering below the i10 globally, too.
The next-gen Santro will be powered by a small and efficient petrol engine. The displacement will be somewhere between 800 and 1,000cc in three-cylinder configuration. As for the gearbox, power will be sent to the road via a 5-speed manual. Ideally, the new Santro would compete with the 1.0-litre Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio and the Wagon R. The car has been a huge success for Hyundai and bringing back the moniker should work in the favour of the Korean automaker. The new Santro will be involved heavily in helping Hyundai achieve its goal of 1 million sales by 2020.