MADRID -- As part of its turnaround plan, Spanish SUV specialist Santana will introduce its second model line next month.
Santana will start selling the 300 and 350 in Spain in late August and in other European markets in September.
The cars are small SUVs based on the first-generation Su-zuki Vitara sold between 1988 and 1997.
Italdesign Giugiaro re-styled the cars' front and rear ends, giving them larger front lights, a grille incorporated into the bumper and round instead of square rear lights.
The 300 is a three-door version while the 350 is a five-door. Both will be powered by a PSA/Peugeot-Citroen 2.0-liter, 90hp diesel.
"We plan to build 1,000 units this year," said Vicente Martinez, Santana marketing director.
Santana currently builds the Anibal medium SUV and the Suzuki Vitara and Jimny small SUVs at its plant in Linares. The company is wholly owned by the Andalucian regional government.
The new model is vital to the survival of the carmaker, which expects to build 22,500 units this year.
Most of its production is the Suzuki models. But Santana's contract manufacturing deal with Suzuki ends next June and may not be renewed.