The upcoming revamped Santro, codenamed AH2 as on date, is set to take the place of the Hyundai Eon which will be moved out of production from December 2018. The Eon was launched in 2011. It is now seven years old, has not received any upgrades over the years.
There are two reasons for the Eon being moved out of production. It has not been doing well where sales are concerned. Moreover the car in its current format will also not comply with new safety regulations that are set to come into force in 2019. Besides this, BS VI emission norms will also be enforced in India from April 2020 in a bid to combat rising pollution. Where sales of the Eon are concerned, in the year ending March 31 2018, the car reported 1.7 per cent increase in sales to 60,495 units. This was against 59,489 units sold in the previous year 2016-17 while sales in earlier years were also not up to expectations.
Speaking about the new Santro, it is set for launch in India later this year, before Diwali 2018. Ahead of that, production of the car has already started at the company plant in Chennai.
Even though it will be bigger than its earlier counterpart, the new Santro will still be the smallest car in Hyundai’s India portfolio, positioned below the Grand i10. The model will comply with all new safety norms, which come into effect from October 1 2018 for new cars (and for existing cars they come into effect from October 1 2019). It will continue to sport the same tall boy design but will incorporate Hyundai’s current fluidic 2.0 design philosophy and will share styling cues from both the i10 and i20.
Hyundai plans launch of eight new products by 2020 with two cars in new segment, five model changes and an electric SUV which will most likely be the Kona. Eon discontinuation will make way for more production capacity for the new Santro, Grand i10, Elite i20, Verna and Creta at the company plant in Chennai which is currently running at full capacity.
Santro is Hyundai’s debut product in India. It launched in 1998 and got popular from day one. The car went on to establish Hyundai as a major player in the Indian automobile industry. RushLane