Following its media preview on 9 October, the Hyundai AH2 will be unveiled on 23 October. Cartoq reports that the new entry-level model, which will be a replacement for the Eon, will be available in five variants - Era, Magna, Sportz, Sportz (O) and Asta. The small car will bring back the Santro brand.
The report further states that the prices of the Hyundai AH2 could start from INR 3.5 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Bookings of the Hyundai AH2 will reportedly open in early October 2018. All the trim levels will feature ABS with EBD while all dual front airbags and steering-mounted audio controls will be standard on Magna and above variants. Other best-in-class features that the new model will reportedly offer include rear AC vents and a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Alloy wheels will be available on Sportz (O) and Asta.
The 2018 Hyundai Santro will be underpinned by an updated version of the last generation i10's HA platform, which is more robust than the Eon's PA platform. The new model will be powered by a redone 1.1-litre Epsilon petrol engine from the old i10. The revised motor will be BSVI-compliant and will offer a claimed fuel economy of 20.1 kmpl.
Transmission choices will comprise of a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. With this, the AH2 becomes the first Hyundai model to offer an AMT. Marketed 'Smart Auto', this transmission will reportedly make it to the next-generation Grand i10 and Elite i20. The 2018 Hyundai Santro will be available with an optional factory-fitted CNG kit as well.
Hyundai refers to the AH2 as the 'Modern Tallboy design'. Various spy images show it with an i10-like B-pillar, a large DLO, a clamshell hood, high-set foglamps, and hoisted on 14-inch steel wheels.
The 2018 Hyundai Santro will rival the likes of the Renault Kwid 1.0, Maruti Wagon R, and the Tata Tiago. Hyundai India is reportedly planning to replace the future-unready Eon with the Hyundai AH2.