The new Hyundai hatchback was shot on videoJuly 13, 2018
Subcompact hatchback will receive a radiator grille in the style of Solaris. The premiere of the novelty is planned for autumn.
Company Hyundai continues to test in India a hatch length less than four meters, intended for this country. Previously, photos of camouflaged prototypes appeared on the Web, now YouTube-channel Techmech published a video, and the disguises on the car became less. In particular, the video shows that the hatchback received a radiator grating with horizontal dies, like that of Solaris and Tucson.
While the model is known under the factory AH2 index. It is assumed that for the novelty, the name Santro will be revived: a hatchback with this name entered the Indian market twenty years ago (in other countries – Atos), it was the first model to stand on the conveyor of the local Hyundai plant. Indian Santro replaced the generation in 2003, its release ceased in 2014.
According to preliminary data, the new five-door hatch is built on the upgraded version of the platform from the Hyundai i10 first generation. The Indian media report that the AH2 will be offered with a petrol four-cylinder “atmospheric” Epsilon 1.1 – this engine was equipped with the same Santro, in that model it produced 64 hp. The motor is likely to be combined with a five-speed manual or robot (Santro had a manual transmission and a four-speed automatic transmission).
Production of AH2 will also be established in India, the official premiere of the model is to be held this fall. The novelty will compete with hatchbacks Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago. The first compact there will cost at least 420,000 rupees, the second costs from 335,000 rupees. Outside the Indian market, the new Hyundai hatchback will most likely not be chosen.
In India, Hyundai occupies the second line of sales: in 2017, the Korean brand sold 527,320 cars (+ 5.4%) in this country. In the first place – Maruti Suzuki (1 602 522 units, + 14.9%).