Hyundai India, it seems, has begun dispatching the Eon 1.0 hatchback to dealerships. With that, the official launch of Hyundai’s latest hatchback variant should just be days away as dealer dispatches usually precede the car’s launch. In terms of positioning, the Eon 1.0 will sit above the 800 cc engined versions of the hatchback.
In terms of new visual detailing, the Eon features a 1.0 logo plastered on the boot. This visual detail apart, the hatchback is bog similar to its 800 cc sibling in terms of looks. Features on the interiors are yet to be revealed although we don’t expect any major additions in terms of features.
The Eon 1.0 features a 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine that is borrowed from the Euro-spec Hyundai i10. The 1 liter petrol engine outputs 65 Bhp and 95 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox is likely to be standard on the more powerful version of the Eon. The car will take on the likes of the Maruti Alto K10 and the Datsun Go.
Although Hyundai India could have shoehorned the 1.1 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine of the Santro Xing and the i10 hatchbacks into the Eon, the decision to go with the 1 liter-3 pot unit could have to do with the higher fuel efficiency that the latter offers.
The more powerful version of the Eon will allow Hyundai to position the car to take on more entry level hatchbacks. A sales increase is likely as car buyers who would previously reject the Eon for its smaller engine compared to say the Alto K10 or the Datsun Go, would now stick to the larger engined Eon.
Although unofficial reports put the Hyundai Eon 1.0 Magna variant’s price at 3.85 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Mumbai, official word from Hyundai is yet to arrive. With the launch to happen soon, official prices and variants of the Eon 1.0 will be revealed shortly.
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