by vinoth 30. June 2012 02:45
Hyundai Eon The Family Car Designed For India

The Indian Family Car

Hyundai Motor India Limited unveiled its much awaited small car Eon in October 2011. The car which was previously codenamed HA H800 has been priced pretty competitively with its competitors-Tata Nano, Chevrolet Spark and Maruti Suzuki Alto, which is due to the fact that it will be manufactured only in India and exported to other countries-much like the Santro, i10 and the i20. The Eon is priced below the Santro and is also a segment below it as it comes under the A segment of hatchbacks which is exclusively for small cars. It is available in 8 petrol variants of which 3 variants are available with both petrol and LPG.



The Engine

The Eon is powered by a 3-cylinder 814cc petrol engine. The maximum power of the Eon is 55 bhp at 5500 rpm and the maximum torque generated by the petrol engine is 76.5 Nm at 4000 rpm. The base model Eon D-Lite is priced at Rs 2.69 lakhs and the top model Eon Sportz is priced at Rs 3.71 lakhs. The fuel tank capacity is 32 litres which is very good for a car in this segment. The ARAI has certified the Eon’s mileage at 21.1 kmpl which is the best in its class. The manual gear shift indicator and the Alternator management system in the Eon are specially designed by Hyundai for Indian customers. These innovative technologies aid the customers in gear shifting, reducing fuel consumption and extended battery life.


The Features

The base model, Eon D-Lite comes with features like immobilizer, Full size spare wheel, Single horn, Child safety rear door lock, Inside rear view mirror-standard, Front and rear ELR seat belts, Rear centre static seat belt, Driver side OSRVM (manually adjustable), Integrated HMSL, PVC gear knob and parking brake trim, 2 spoke PU steering wheel,  Sun visor- LH and RH, Semi cloth upholstery, Room lamp-front-glow type, Speaker grille-front doors, Fuel lid and tailgate opening-remote cable type, Heater with 4 speed blower, 2 speed front wiper and washer, Cup holder in front console, Single folding bench rear seat, Gear shift indicator, Cluster assembly signals (speedometer, dual trip meter, digital odometer, fuel, water pump, oil pressure, parking brake, battery charge, high beam, engine check lamp, immobilizer).

The D-Lite+ variant comes with features which include the base features in D-Lite and then additional features like Manual AC, Body colored bumpers and Power steering. The Era+ variant, in addition to the above base features comes along with front power windows and central locking. The Magna+ variant, in addition to the base features comes with features like Internally adjustable OSRVMS, Front power windows, Micro roof antenna, Front door full size armrest, Audio (CD/MP3/FM/AM), USB and aux-in, 2 speakers only (front doors), Rear parcel tray. The top model Sportz has additional features like driver airbag, Keyless entry, Front fog lamp-clear lens, Body coloured door handles, 3 spoke aluminium finish steering wheel, Metal finish inside door handle and Airbag warning signal on console.



The Verdict

Overall, the Eon which has been designed by the latest fluidic philosophy adopted by Hyundai for i10, i20 and the new Fluidic Verna, looks very much attractive and is surely the best looking car in its segment. It is very unique in design as compared to its counterparts and also comes with airbag which is for the first time in its class and hence makes it the safest car in its class. It scores well for its stylish & contemporary looks and modern interiors. But the main problem of the Eon is the in-cabin noise which it makes during running and vibrations at high speeds. Having said that, the Eon’s fuel efficient engine, the best in its segment increases the “value for money” tag a bit more as compared to its competitors. It makes the customer to forget about the vibrations and noises it makes inside the cabin with its performance.




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