- The Santro Asta was spotted undisguised in white body colour.
- Will be launched on 23 October at a likely price of Rs 3.87 lakhs.
- The cabin will get a seven-inch touchscreen, powering it will be a 1.1-litre petrol engine developing 68bhp/110Nm.
Hyundai is gearing up for the biggest launch this festive season. The iconic Santro moniker will be resurrected with the all-newAH2 hatchback which will be launched in India on 23rd October. We have seen the new Santro in official images already. Now, new pictures of the Santro in the Asta trim has surfaced online revealing the full exterior of the new entry-level hatchback.
The Santro wears the new iteration of Hyundai’s cascading grille. It gets a black treatment with chrome trim surrounding it. The swept-back headlamps are joined by fog lamps which flank the cascading grille. At the back, the bumpers are seen with a black insert akin to the one seen on the updated Grand i10. The wrap-around tail lights are simple in design and minimal in looks.
The tall-boy stance in the profile has been highlighted with body creases and a small spoiler mounted atop the tailgate. Interestingly, there are no alloy-wheels seen on the Asta trim but the hatchback does get body-coloured ORVMs with integrated indicators, body-coloured door handles and rear window wiper. There is a rear-view camera placed just beneath the Hyundai logo on the tailgate and two parking sensors are seen on the bumpers.
The cabin gets a nicely integrated seven-inch touchscreen in between the large air-con vents on the centre console. Below the screen, there are manual buttons for the media control as well. The three rotary knobs for the air-con control are placed below that. The circular air-vent on the passenger side appears to have been taken out of a far more expensive vehicle. However, the re-circulation slider below it seems out of date now. The instrument cluster has speedometer and tachometer along with a digital screen which can read out essential information such as fuel indicator, trip meter and gear-shift indicator. Interestingly, the window control switches are placed behind the gear lever.
The new Santro will be launched in nine variants across seven colour options. There will be seven petrol-powered trims and two CNG powered versions as well. Powering it will be Hyundai’s 1.1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 68bhp of power and 101Nm of torque. Besides a five-speed manual, there will also be an AMT gearbox option which will be a first for Hyundai. Hyundai will also offer a factory-fitted CNG kit with a 58bhp version of the same 1.1-litre motor.
The leaked price-list sets the price tag for the entry-level Santro at Rs 3.87 lakhs, ex-showroom which goes all the way to Rs 5.20 lakhs for the top-spec Sportz AMT trim. It will rival against the likes of Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and the Wagon R apart from the Datsun Redigo and Renault Kwid.