HMIL is comprehensively testing the Hyundai AH2, a new minicar for India, in city conditions. A test mule of the future model was recently spied again on the Indian roads, courtesy 'AllHyundaiCars' of The Automotive India forum.
Reports say that the Hyundai AH2 will replace Hyundai’s smallest hatchback - the Hyundai Eon. However, this model is not underpinned by the Hyundai Eon’s platform. It is based on the platform of the first-gen Hyundai i10, which was discontinued in our market in early 2017. Its “tall boy” design looks inspired by that of the much bigger Hyundai Grand i10.
The first “tall boy” design model from Hyundai was the Hyundai Santro, which was launched in India over two decades ago. The South Korean automaker is expected to bring back this highly successful nameplate with the launch of the Hyundai AH2. The possible next-gen Hyundai Santro will employ an enhanced version of the old Hyundai i10’s 1.1-litre iRDE2 four-cylinder petrol engine. While a standard 5-speed manual transmission is a given, buyers will have a 5-speed AMT option, for the first time in a Hyundai.
The Hyundai AH2’s market launch is said to be fixed for August 2018. The new budget hatchback will compete with the Maruti Celerio, Tata Tiago and the Renault Kwid. Prices could start around INR 3 lakh*.
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