We have posted the best shots of the Hyundai’s upcoming small car ‘Eon’, but this are the clearest shots till date. Thanks to anonymous reader of Anything-On-Wheels, he says that he got these pictures from his friend who has close contacts with a popular automotive publication that test drove the Eon a few days back.
The all new Hyundai small car will be positioned below Santro and will compete with the likes of Alto and A-star. The styling is definitely going to win over buyers. Hyundai has applied its fluidic design philosophy to good effect with the front end taking cues from the new Verna and i10. The wheel arches and shoulder line are so complex, you’d have to go all the way up to something like a Mercedes-Benz CLS to see anything similar. There’s a hint of Hyundai’s hexagonal grille up front and the Eon gets attractive headlights with chrome detailing too.
It’s powered by a Santro derived 3-cylinder engine which will help it attain new highs in fuel efficiency. The Eon sports an 814cc petrol engine similar to the Santro and i10’s 1.1-litre iRDE four-cylinder with one cylinder lopped off. Peak power is 56PS developed at 5500rpm, 9PS more than the Alto (47PS). Peak torque is 76.5Nm at 4000rpm (Alto, 62Nm). The Alto, kerb weight of 690kg, is however lighter than the Eon by 35kilos.
At 3495mm the Eon is the same length as the Alto. However it is 75mm wider at 1550mm. It’s 35mm taller as well at 1500m. Wheelbase also pips the Alto’s by 20mm at 2380mm. In fact the Eon has the longest wheelbase and is the widest car in its class. There’s a generous 211-litre boot as well.
According to Overdrive Magazine the choice will range from the base model – no aircon or power steering – to the fully loaded Sportz – a stereo with aux/USB, power steering, front power windows and a driver’s airbag, no ABS though.
We expect Hyundai to unveil Eon around Diwali. Pricing is expected to range between Rs 3.20 to Rs 3.50 lakh, Rs 20,000-odd below the Santro and a similar amount more than the Alto. With the dramatic styling, interiors, adequate space and efficient engine it looks like the Eon could seriously threaten the Alto’s reign as the best-selling car in the country.
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