Hyundai Eon, the entry-level car by the Korean automaker, is going to be discontinued by this year-end. It will make way for the upcoming Hyundai Santro hatchback. Eon is the most affordable Hyundai car, which now cannot adhere to the stricter safety and emission rules, which are going to come in 2019.
After the production of the Santro was stopped, Hyundai‘s entry-level car was the i10. It was a brief period, after which the smaller, Hyundai Eon was launched in India. It had a tall-boy stance but a rather scrunched up appearance. Some found this car to be a little compact. The Eon is priced starting from Rs 3.33 Lakhs to Rs 4.6 Lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi). At this price, it takes on the Maruti Alto 800, K10 and Renault Kwid. However, after December it would not compete. Hyundai Eon is going to be discontinued by end of 2018 to make way for the upcoming Hyundai Santro. The primary reason for discontinuation is because the hatchback is not compliant with the upcoming safety and emission norms. Instead of improving it, discontinuing the Eon would make way more sense.
Hyundai Eon was the most affordable Hyundai car. It came with a 1.0 Litre VTVT petrol engine and a 0.8 Litre iRDE petrol engine. The 1.0-litre engine produced around 68 BHP of power and 94 Nm of torque. The 0.8-litre engine produces 56 BHP of power and 72 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, without any optional AMT variant. The mileage figures are quite high, with petrol engine giving 20.3 KMPL mileage and diesel engine giving 21.5 KMPL mileage.
Features of the Eon include Tilt adjustable steering wheel, front fog lamps, centre console with USB and Aux support, climate control system, a touchscreen AV (Sports Edition), Keyless Entry and central locking. For safety purposes, it comes with a driver side airbag. Even being the entry-level car, Hyundai has put considerable features in this hatchback. It went on against the Maruti Alto 800 and K10 and Renault Kwid. Amongst these three, Kwid gets the most features, followed by Eon.
The Hyundai Eon will make way for the upcoming Santro, which is slated to launch this festive season. The Santro is expected to be a bit pricier than the Eon, with expected prices starting from Rs 3.5 Lakhs to Rs 5.5 Lakhs. Being an entry-level car, it will get many premium features. It will get i10’s 1.0 Litre VTVT petrol engine that produces 68 BHP of power and 99 Nm of torque. It will get a 5-speed manual transmission, like the Eon, but might also get an AMT variant too. The mileage expected from this hatchback is around 20 KMPL.
Features of the upcoming Santro would include Electrically Adjustable ORVMs, Steering Mounted Controls, Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Automatic Climate Control, Touchscreen Infotainment System, Bluetooth Telephony, Alloy Wheels and LED Daytime Running Lights. It certainly gets a lot more features than the Eon. Safety features of the Santro would include ABS with EBD, Dual-Airbags, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts and Seat-Belt Pretensioners.
Santro would further raise its competition bar and will go on against Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Ford Figo, Tata Tiago and some variants of Swift.
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