This reveal signals the Santro’s return after the first generation stopped production in India in 2014. The main thing to note here is the engine: It’s powered by a 1.1-liter gasoline motor with 68hp and 99Nm on tap, paired to either a five-speed manual or automatic. There’s also the option of a 1.1-liter engine that runs on compressed natural gas, and which does 84Nm with a manual ’box. This puts it right in the Eon’s ballpark, while adding features like a touchscreen infotainment system, reversing sensors, and voice-command functions.
As for whether or not the Santro will repace the Eon, a quick look at Hyundai’s Indian website shows that the two models are actually being sold at the same time. Also, the carmaker already confirmed that—at least in India—it won’t be replacing the Eon with the Santro. Rather, the Santro is a more premium offering that will continue to be sold alongside the entry-level Eon.
What do you guys think about the all-new Santro? Would you like to see this hatchback on Philippine roads?