Hyundai has shown the first sketch of a new subcompact hatchback known as AH2. It will officially debut in October 2018.
This 5-door car will be produced and marketed in India. It replaces the Eon. The production car will likely receive the Santro name with a suffix. The Santro entered the Indian market 20 year ago and was the first produced by Hyundai in this country.
The carmaker claims the upcoming model is aimed at family buyers which strive for maximum comfort and that it has a spacious interior. The sketch features a kink in the window line like on the Carlino compact SUV and pronounced wheel arches.
Some local media believe the Hyundai AH2 is based on the upgraded version of the first-generation Hyundai i10. The length will not exceed four meters. Tax breaks are provided for such cars in India.
An aspirated petrol 4-cylinder Epsilon 1.1-liter engine is expected in the AH2, inherited from the Santro Xing (pictured above) in which it output 64 hp. The AH2 will be the first Hyundai with the option of a 5-speed automated manual transmission.
The new Hyundai hatch will be a rival for the Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago. The first costs from 419,750 rupees ($6,000), the second – from 335,305 rupees ($4,800).