The Hyundai AH2 is widely anticipated to arrive as a reborn Hyundai Santro. According to a report from Autocar India, it will have 'Santro' in its name, but with a suffix.
Hyundai has used the Hyundai Santro name along with a suffix previously too, in case of the Hyundai Santro Xing that was basically the facelifted Hyundai Santro. The company will run a new marketing campaign like its sister brand Kia did for the SP Concept inviting suggestions for the full name, beginning on 16 August, 2018. The South Korean automaker will announce the name of its upcoming city car on 4 October, 2018. It has set aside a huge marketing budget for this model.
The latest report says that the reborn Hyundai Santo will replace the Hyundai Eon, which was positioned below the Hyundai Santro Xing. The new car will ride on the HA platform of the previous generation Hyundai i10, which was positioned above the Hyundai Santro Xing.
The Hyundai AH2 will use an updated version of the Hyundai Santro Xing’s 1.1-litre petrol engine. Just to recap, this engine delivered 63 PS and 9.8 kg.m (96.11 Nm) of torque. Hyundai is working on making this unit BS-VI-compliant. Transmission choices will include 5-speed manual and a Hyundai-first 5-speed Smart Auto automated manual.
The Hyundai AH2 will go up against the likes of Tata Tiago and Maruti Alto K10. Its launch will take place in India first, in the last week of October 2018. Exports are planned, but no details are available yet.