Our beloved Hyundai Santro has bid farewell to our market but continues in other forms in the international circuit.
The Hyundai Santro has received a Cargo variant in the South African market recently. Santro was an integral part of Hyundai’s initial success in the Indian market. It was a preferred choice for a whole bunch of people looking for a marginally premium product in the entry-level segment. Santro was launched in 1998 in India and continued until last year marking 23 glorious years. It is a unique feeling to see it in a commercial avatar in South Africa.
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Hyundai Santro Cargo Variant
The South African market has a wide fleet of commercial products including the Santro Cargo (known as Athos Cargo in SA), the commercial version of Grand i10, H1 Panel Van, H1 RV, H1 Ambulance and H1 Hearse MPVs. The design language of the Santro is the same as the recently discontinued model in India. However, being the Cargo version, there are no back seats and the cabin features grilles everywhere to keep the luggage secure, there are plenty of nets and hooks to tie all sorts of luggage safely. The total cargo space measures a whopping 1210 litres. The omission of the rear seats opens up a great deal of room.
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Specs & Features
The SA-spec Santro Cargo comes with a 1.1-litre petrol engine that develops 67 hp and 99 Nm of peak power and torque. It has a claimed mileage of 17.54 km/l and the fuel tank capacity is a decent 35 litres. The commercial hatchback comes with a dual-airbag setup, ABS and EDB as standard, along with other comfort and convenience features like a manual AC, infotainment system with CarPlay, audio, Bluetooth, USB sockets, electric front windows, and steel wheels. In SA, the Santro comes with a 5-year standard manufacturer’s warranty.
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All the Santro fans in India will breathe easy after knowing that their beloved entry-level hatchback has been transformed into something different in the international market. The low maintenance costs, high fuel efficiency and decent powertrain continue to be its USPs even in another market.