Hyundai’s latest success in the hugely competitive Indian car market is the Santro hatchback. Resurrected in October last year, the new Hyundai Santro has gone past 50,000 unit sales milestone in less than 6 months of its launch.
The Santro competes against the likes of the Maruti Alto K10, Renault Kwid 1.0, Tata Tiago and Maruti Suzuki WagonR. Hyundai has launched the new Santro as a replacement of their entry level Eon hatchback in India. Monthly sales of Santro are hovering around the 8,000 units whereas prices of the popular hatchback start from Rs. 3.89 lac (PKR 7.8 lac).
The new Santro comes equipped with a 1.1-liter petrol engine which churns out 68 hp and 99 Nm of torque. There are two transmission choices on offer, 5-speed manual and 5-speed Smart Auto automated manual (AMT).
The 2019 Hyundai Santro is rich in features, it gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as airbags, ABS+EBD, reverse parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounts, speed alerts and seat belt reminder as standard safety features.
Furthermore the new Santro also secured the Runner’s up spot in Urban Car category in 2019 World Car Awards. The Santro was a popular car in India as well as Pakistan in its previous tenure, while the new one continues to live up to its heritage.
People in Pakistan had high hopes with Hyundai-Nishat to introduce cars that will break the monopoly of the existing assemblers; however the company is busy introducing outrageously expensive vehicles thus catering to a very specific set of buyers in our market.
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