More powerful Hyundai Eon with 1 liter petrol engine on sale now?

Hyundai India dealerships have begun taking bookings for the larger engined Eon hatchback, whose deliveries are slated to begin in the next few days. The larger engined Hyundai Eon is said to feature a 1 liter-3 cylinder engine borrowed from the Euro-spec i10 hatchback. This engine outputs 65 Bhp of peak power and 95 Nm of peak torque. The five speed gearbox is likely to be carried over from the 814 cc, 3 cylinder petrol engined model of the Eon.

Unlike the 814 cc, three potter, the larger1 liter petrol engine may not be offered with the LPG-Petrol dual fuel option. AutocarIndia reports that the Eon with the larger, 1 liter petrol engine will be available only in the Magna variant. The car is said to be priced at 3.85 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Mumbai, a price that is only about 15,000 rupees higher than the smaller engined Magna+ variant.

The relatively small price increase does have a downside though. Hyundai is said to have omitted the factory fitted stereo on the 1 liter petrol engined Eon. This omission apart, other features of the 814 cc engined Eon’s Magna+ variant are said to be retained on the larger engined version of the hatchback. The larger engined Eon is Hyundai India’s answer to the Datsun Go hatchback and the Maruti Alto K10, two cars that offer more powerful petrol engines across sharply priced variants.

With the 1 liter petrol engined Eon, Hyundai India seeks to protect its ground from the recent upstart, the Datsun Go, whose 1.2 liter-3 cylinder engine borrowed from the Micra Active outputs 67 Bhp-104 Nm. So, while a more powerful engine will no longer be the sole reason for car buyers to choose the Datsun Go or the Maruti Alto K10 over the Hyundai Eon, the Go does have a big advantage in terms of the interior room it offers while the Alto K10 doesn’t really have any major facet to score over the more powerful Eon.

Click here for a spec-to-spec comparo of the Hyundai Eon, the Datsun Go and the Maruti Alto K10.