With Bharat Stage IV norms coming up from April 1, 2010, manufacturers are working hard on their existing cars to bring them up to regulations. One of them is Hyundai who will be launching a facelifted version of the Santro Xing, their popular small car, that will also be compliant with the new emission norms.
The new car is likely to get new 'rounded' head lamps with integrated indicators, a new grille with chrome inserts, re-designed front fenders and tail lamps. The rear bumper will lose the thick rubber strip to give the car a clean look, while the rear view mirrors might be larger. Like the Verna, it will also get pull type grab handles on the doors.
On the inside too there are small changes, like a new instrument cluster and more space to store knick knacks. Hyundai have also attempted to make changes to the rear seat to make it more comfortable while the AC now gets larger rotary controls. Trim levels too will be upgraded.
With the 1086cc, four-potter being made Euro-IV compliant, there are small changes to the power and torque ratings, with an increase of 1 bhp and 0.2 kgm respectively. There are also changes to the suspension with the rear kit becoming stiffer. This is good news since the Santro's rear suspension has always been considered to be soft. There is also some stiffening to the front suspension as well as a new, bigger anti-roll bar will be used.
Hyundai plans to bring the car to showrooms this December. We expect it to be priced about 1-2 per cent higher than the current model.