New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India Pvt. Ltd on Tuesday launched the new Santro at a starting sticker price of 3.89 lakh, with an aim to fill in a gaping hole in its small car line-up in the country. The new “original tallboy" will replace the Eon and sit below the Grand i10. Its competition includes the Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid and the Maruti Suzuki Celerio.

Such is the brand recall of the Santro badge that the new car is already finding takers by the hordes among Indian car buyers. Hyundai has received more than 23,000 bookings for the new Santro since it unveiled the car on 9 October. That’s more than 1,000 cars booked every day.

But before you go ahead and book your own for just 11,000, here are 10 things you should know about the new Hyundai Santro:

1. The new Santro is wider and taller than the i10 model and is powered by a 1.1 litre petrol engine that makes 69 BHP at the crank and 99NM of torque. There are also options of factory-fitted CNG kits.

2. The new Santro retains the tallboy stance of the original, but the contours mask that profile enough to give it a more rounded appearance. At the front, a cascading grille and prominent fog lamps just below the swept-back headlights that makes the car stand out from the competition. The glass area—front and back as well as the windows—is huge, which gives an impression of larger interiors.

That said, the interiors are actually roomy. The car is 3,610mm long and 1,645mm wide—imparting ample elbow and knee room for four passengers, though Hyundai claims to seat five without a cinch. The headspace (car height: 1,560mm) is the best-in-class and even comparable to some mid-sized sedans in the market.

3. The new Santro is the first Hyundai car globally to get an automated manual transmission (AMT) that was developed in-house by the South Korean carmaker. It will be available on three variants, namely the Magna, Sportz and Asta.

4. Hyundai is offering anti-lock braking system across all Santro variants, a segment first, along with electronic brake distribution. The base variant, Santro DLite, gets a single, driver-side airbag. The top-end Asta has dual airbags for the front occupants of the car.

5. The new Santro is built on a new chassis that is made of advanced high-tensile strength steel, helping the car achieve prominent static and dynamic stiffness with improved structural connectivity.

6. The new Santro debuts several segment-firsts: a 17.64cm touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inbuilt, rear AC vents, voice-recognition button on the steering mounted controls and propeller design air-con vents.

7. Santro Dlite is as bare-boned as a base model should be. It comes with no power steering or electric windows but has driver’s side airbag and ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD). The variant that sits just above it, the Santro Era, comes with power steering and AC with heater. These two variants come with manual transmission only.

8.Hyundai bundles a three-year/100,000km warranty, three years roadside assistance, assured same day service and doorstep delivery with the new Santro, even as it claims to offer the lowest cost of maintenance in the segment.

9. The Santro Magna receives rear AC vents, power windows and 2DIN stereo with AUX, USB and Bluetooth while the Sportz variant receives steering mounted controls, reverse parking sensors, rear defogger and a touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and mirror-link enabled. These two variants come in manual, automatic and CNG variants. The top-spec Santro Asta gets a reversing camera, rear washer and wiper, in addition to all the above features.

10. The new Santro comes in seven colours—Imperial Beige, Marina Blue, Fiery Red, Typhoon Silver, Polar White and Stardust. There is no news on when the deliveries will start.

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Hyundai expects to manufacture 8,000-10,000 units of the new Santro each month, and achieve a 17% share of the domestic market this fiscal, said managing director Y.K. Koo in an interview.

The new Santro will be Hyundai’s first new model in the small car segment after nearly six years. It is also Hyundai’s first new model after the 2015 launch of the Creta.

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