Hyundai Introduces Era Executive In Santro Series, Raises Entry-Level Price

  • Jul 22, 2019

Korean automobile major Hyundai has quietly reshuffled the variants in the Santro series, and in the process, has increased the price of the entry-level hatchback car.

The company has discontinued the two earlier entry-level trims, the D-Lite (₹3.90 lakh) and Era (₹4.25 lakh), and has introduced a more feature-rich Era Executive model commanding an ex-showroom price of ₹4.15 lakh. The number of cars in the Santro range has now dropped to four which comprises the Era Executive, Magna, Sportz, and Asta. The price range of the Santro remains unchanged from ₹4.15 lakh to ₹5.68 lakh.

The Hyundai Era Executive model is better equipped than the D-Lite. The new version has body-coloured bumpers, front power windows, a manual air-conditioner with heater, and hub caps on the exterior. However, the new entry-level version of the Hyundai misses out on rear air-conditioning vents and front power outlet. Both these features were available on the earlier Era model.

The Santro Magna with manual transmission (MT) and the compressed natural gas (CNG) models now get a two-Duetch Industri Normen (DIN) audio system which supports USB and Bluetooth. The audio controls are steering-mounted, a feature earlier reserved for the Magna automated manual transmission (AMT) model only.

The Santro Sportz now has a rear parking camera, seatbelt pretensioners and passenger airbag. These features earlier came only on the Asta version. Customers of the Sportz MT and the CNG variants, however, will continue to miss these extra safety features. Antilock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) are standard across all Santro models while the rear parking sensor is available only in the Asta version. Other features like the speed alert system and seatbelt reminder are still not available even on the top-level Santro. Many of these features are standards in most of Santro’s peers, even in the Datsun red-GO which recently got an upgrade.


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