Pricing! New Hyundai Atos budget hatch quietly arrives in South Africa…

Hyundai Automotive South Africa has quietly revealed pricing for the new Atos budget hatchback, with the local range comprising just a single variant at launch.

So, how much are you looking at for the new Indian-built model? Well, the Atos 1,1 Motion is priced at R159 900, which will see it competing with the likes of the Datsun Go, Renault Kwid, Suzuki Celerio and the base model in the Kia Picanto range. For the record, that makes it some R12 000 less expensive than the base Grand i10.

Power comes from the Korean brand’s naturally aspirated 1,1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which offers the front axle some 50 kW (at 5 500 r/min) and 99 N.m (at 2 800 r/min) via a five-speed manual gearbox. Interestingly, Hyundai Automotive SA earlier told an automated manual gearbox was also under consideration, although it seemingly won’t be offered from launch.

As a reminder, the new Atos (which is badged as the Santro in India) measures 3 610 mm long, 1 645 mm wide and 1 560 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2 400 mm. Ground clearance comes in at 165 mm, while 14-inch steelies (with wheel covers) ship standard.

The boot can swallow a claimed 235 litres, while the infotainment system incorporates Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and a USB port. Standard features include air-conditioning, electric windows up front, two airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child-seat anchors.

Six exterior paint colours will be offered locally: Acid Yellow, Alpha Blue, Fiery Red, Polar White, Titan Grey and Typhoon Silver.

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