Hyundai EON launched
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Hyundai EONHyundai launched it latest entry level offering The EON in Delhi today. Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) claims that the Hyundai EON is set to redefine the segment in terms of style, safety, comfort and mileage.

The EON is built on an all new platform whose development has been India centric and will be offered with many features that are first in the segment.

Read on for the highlights of the Hyundai EON.

Engine and transmission:
  • The Hyundai EON will be powered by an 814cc iRDE engine. This is the same engine family that powers the very successful Hyundai Santro and i10 1100cc variant.
  • The engine generates maximum power of 56 bhp @ 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.65 kgm @ 4000 rpm.
  • This power will be delivered using a 5 speed manual gear box.
  • The fuel economy figures are a staggering 21.1kmpl (ARAI figures).
Design:
  • The design of the EON is a joint effort of the company’s development center in Namyang, Korea and the Hyderabad based R & D center.
  • The design of the EON exceeds the expectations of an entry level vehicle. With the EON the company extends its new Fluidic design philosophy.
  • The EON offers best in its class width, wheelbase and boot space.
  • 2-tone beige and brown interiors.
  • Micro roof antenna.
Comfort:
  • Front power windows
  • Internally adjustable mirrors
  • Tilt steering
  • Key-less entry
  • Remote fuel and tail gate opening
  • Central locking
  • Real parcel tray
  • 2-din integrated infotainment system with iPod connectivity, usb and aux-in port
Safety:
  • Driver side airbag
  • Supplementary restraint system for protection against frontal impact
  • Front fog lamps
  • Immobilizer
Eco-efficient features:
  • Alternator management system (AMS)
  • Gear shift indicator
Hyundai EON has received the prestigious Environment Certificate in accordance with ISO 14040 standard based lifecycle assessment from TUV NORD, Germany.

A lot of the above features are first in its class, but are likely to be packaged as part of the dearer variants in order to keep the pricing competitive.

The EON will be available in six variants with prices as follows:
D-Lite: Rs. 2,69,999*
D-Lite (AC): Rs. 2,91,869*
Era: Rs. 3,11,869*
Magna: 3,36,869*
Magna (O): Rs. 3,46,869*
Sportz: Rs. 3,71,869*
*All the above prices are ex-showroom New Delhi.

What we think:
Superb styling, fresh looks, reasonable power and spot on pricing. This offering from Hyundai is set to give the Maruti Suzuki Alto a run for its money.
Of course, the Tata Nano still remains the best option for an absolute entry level buyer but with the introduction of the EON, that buyer who could look beyond but not by much, now has the option of choosing, for once, a modern product.

Can’t wait to get our hands on the Hyundai EON for a detailed road test.

Let us know what you think of this new offering.