South Korean automaker, Hyundai has announced that the new generation Santro is indeed making a comeback to India, most likely during Diwali this year. Hyundai also plans to invest around Rs. 6,300 crore in India in the next three years on new products, development of powertrain and setting up of a new office building. The investment will help the company in launching nine products by 2020 along with electric vehicles and the Santro facelift. Hyundai might showcase the new-gen Santro at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo.
We asked from HMIL Managing Director and CEO Y K Koo about it’s name, whether it will launched as Santro, he said- “is a possibility” but Hyundai is yet to take a final call on the matter.”
It would be launched near Diwali this year. So we will take a final call on the Santro badgea ataround that time. However, I must admit that we are under a lot of pressure from dealers, customers and market to bring back the Santro brand,” he added.
If Santro had continued in the market, he said this year would have marked completion of 20 years of the model in India. The car was launched in India in September 1998. Sharing some details about the car, he said the all new Santro would be wider and taller than the i10
model. The car will be powered by a petrol engine with options for factory-fitted CNG engines. It will also have automatic and manual transmission options.