Hyundai entered the Indian market in 1997 with the Atos in India, although we got the car with the Santro moniker. The car was marketed in different countries in different names like the Santro, Amica, and Xing. While Hyundai has confirmed the launch of the new Santro in India by October 23rd, the Atos moniker will also be revived by the brand. The Santro that will be available here will be manufactured and sold in various other countries under the name of Atos.
Speaking to Engineering News, Stanley Anderson, Hyundai Automotive SA’s director of sales and operations, seemingly confirmed that the Atos nameplate would return to local shores of South America. Codenamed AH2, the new Atos is scheduled to be fully revealed in India late in October 23rd and the car will be exported to other countries by the first quarter of 2019. The Atos will be based on the i10’s platform - HA platform. The car will be powered with a 1.1-litre petrol four-cylinder engine which will be based on the existing unit from the i10, with changes to make it comply with the new regulations. It will be the first Hyundai model to use an AMT transmission. Dual airbags will be standard across the AH2 range as the safety norms are getting tight. The Atos will also be equipped with rear parking sensors, ABS and other features like a touchscreen infotainment system and steering mounted audio controls. The car, according to various spy-shots will use a dual-tone interior with beige and black combo. Hyundai revealed a design sketch of the car which follows a sleek design language with a tall stance.
The official launch will happen before the festive season in India with expected pricing of around RS 2.5 lakh to RS 4.5 lakh. The car will be produced in India and exported to other countries starting with South America by the first quarter of 2019. Bookings through mynewcar.in will commence following the official launch of the car on October 23rd.