New Delhi: South Korean auto major Hyundai Tuesday drove in its once popular hatchback, Santro, in a new avatar in India, with introductory prices ranging between Rs 3.89-5.64 lakh (ex-showroom).
The company, which operates in the country through its wholly-owned subsidiary Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), had discontinued the previous Santro model in December 2014.
The manual variants of the car are priced between Rs 3.89-5.45 lakh. The two CNG trims are tagged at Rs 5.23 lakh and Rs 5.64 lakh while the two variants with automated gear shift are priced at Rs 5.18 lakh and Rs 5.46 lakh (all prices ex-showroom).
The introductory prices would be for the first 50,000 customers. HMIL has already received online bookings for over 23,500 units in the last 13 days.
The previous Santro was priced in the range of Rs 3.09- 4.15 lakh when it was discontinued in 2014.
The new Santro, which is powered by a four-cylinder 1.1 litre petrol engine, comes with automated manual transmission (AMT) and factory-fitted CNG fuel options. The engine has been tuned to comply with the current emission norms, offering better fuel efficiency.
Developed on a new K1 platform, the new Santro is bigger, wider and more spacious than the previous version.
It comes with various new features including rear parking camera, voice recognition, rear AC vents and eco coating technology, among others. It also offers a touch screen audio video system, remote keyless entry and rear defogger, among others.
The car also comes with various safety features including, airbags, ABS with EBD impact sensing auto door unlock, rear parking sensors, speed sensing auto door lock.
As per the company, the petrol manual and AMT versions of the hatchback would return a fuel efficiency of 20.3 km per litre while the CNG trims would cover 30.48 km per one kg.
The earlier version of the car offered a fuel efficiency of 17.9 km per litre.
The all-new Santro will be competing with the likes of Maruti Suzuki's WagonR, Celerio and Tata Motors' Tiago in the mid-compact segment which is about 30,000 units a month.
While Wagon R is priced between Rs 4.15-5.39 lakh, Celerio is tagged between Rs 4.21-5.4 lakh (ex-showroom). On the other hand, petrol variants of Tiago are priced between Rs 3.39-5.63 lakh (all prices ex showroom Delhi).
The new Santro comes with a localisation level of 90 per cent.