The 2017 Hyundai Santro could come back to the Indian market, according to several reports. India is definitely one of the most specific markets, so it is no wonder that many companies design unique models especially for this country.
As you probably know, this is a small city car, which was commonly known as Atos around the world. For this specific market, the company used Santro name. Unlike in the rest of the world, it was produced for much longer.
The original model was in production since 1997. In all countries except India, it was replaced with the i10 in 2007. The company continued to produce it until 2014, along with the new i10. Now, three years after discontinuation, it looks like the India people used on this tiny city car. This indicates that the company is going to bring back the, we can legally say, legendary car to India.
2017 Hyundai Santro redesign
Well, we can say that this will be more an introduction of a completely new model, than a redesign. Compared to the original, we don’t expect that the new one will have much in common. This new model will get a completely new design. Most likely, it will ride on the same platform as new i10. However, we will probably see a much simpler design, which will provide an even more affordable price. Some reports even suggest that the new model will be nothing more than a renamed version of the current i10.
In both cases, these two models will have so much in common. Both models will ride on the same platform and feature a familiar 5-door hatchback body style. With its compact dimensions and great use of space inside, new 2017 Hyundai Santro will definitely be one of the first choices for Indian drivers.
2017 Hyundai Santro exterior and interior design
Most of the reports suggest that the new 2017 Hyundai Santro will get a completely new styling, different from the current i10. Moreover, the new model will follow the latest design philosophy of the brand. We will see a familiar styling, with the new front end that features trapezoidal grille and sharp lines all around the car. The overall shape of the car will be similar to the current i10. We will see a classic 5-door hatchback design, which will combine its modest dimensions with the effective use of space. This should provide more space inside than before.
Speaking of interior design, the 2017 Hyundai Santro should come with the similar cabin design as its relative, including pretty much the same dashboard design, instrument cluster, steering wheel etc. The biggest difference will probably be in terms of equipment, where we expect to see probably less features, but more affordable price.
2017 Hyundai Santro engine
Since the new 2017 Hyundai Santro will come especially for the India, there are some reports that indicate new hatchback will come with a single engine choice. According to these reports, new hatchback will feature a familiar 1.0-liter three-cylinder Kappa II engine, which has a max output of 68 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power probably sounds weak to you, but if we consider expected vehicle weight, it will definitely be more than enough for decent acceleration and speed.
On the other side, fuel economy will definitely be one of the car’s main benefits. Several reports suggest amazing 60 miles per gallon in a combined drive. The transmission will be a 5-speed manual.
2017 Hyundai Santro release date and price
The 2017 Hyundai Santro will probably come somewhere next year. One of its main benefits will be the price. The base model of the new hatchback will probably go less than 6.500 dollars.
This will make the new model very competitive. However, small city cars are the most popular segment in India, so it is no wonder that there are plenty of potential competitors, such as Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Renault Kwid, Datsun Go, Tata Tiago and many others.