The Hyundai Eon small car which is an upcoming competitor to the Maruti Suzuki Alto was spotted in Cochin without any camouflage. The car, to be launched next week (October 13th), has a youthful appeal and will likely be loaded with features, according to a leaked brochure of the upcoming Eon.
Fluidic Front: It is evident that the Eon comes from the same fluidic design school as its siblings like the i10, 120 and the Verna. The front hexagonal grille is similar to the one in the i10 and the Verna. The large headlamps give a bold look and the carved out wheel arches may be prone to scratches in city traffic conditions.
Side profile: The side profile sports a strong crease line starting at the top edge of headlamp, running parallel to the shoulder line before finally ending at the middle of the tail lamp cluster’s. While the 8-spoke full wheel caps and stylish glass house area enhance the look, the black colored door handles and ORVMs are an eye sore. Guess, the spy photo shows a mid or base variant of the Eon.
Eon rear profile: The Eon’s rear has a big bumper, oversized tail lamps cluster and wide rear windscreen. The Hyundai logo and other badges look neat and sorted. The rear in fact resembles the Verna Hatchback sold internationally.
Well crafted interiors: The interior of the Eon has borrowed bits from the i10, which is a good thing. The symmetrical layout coupled with the ergonomically laid out controls makes it hard to believe that it is a budget car. The instrument dials have chrome rings and the central console too gets a little matt-silver treatment. The inside door handles however are not chrome-coated.
Eon versus Alto
With expectations running high, Hyundai will likely price the Eon close to the segment leader, Maruti Suzuki Alto. Let us quickly take a look at the two cars and how they compare.
To start with, the Eon is powered by an 814 cc engine that makes 55.23 bhp (56 PS) of power and 75 Nm of torque. This little engine will thus be more powerful than the regular Alto which is powered by a 796 cc, three pot motor that makes 47 PS of power and 62 Nm of torque. According to a leaked brochure of the Hyundai Eon, the fuel economy of the Eon is expected to be about 21.1 kmpl which is slightly more than the claimed mileage of 19.73 kmpl of the Alto. Read more: Eon launch preview
The Eon measuring 3495 x 1550 x 1500 mm will be slightly longer and wider than the Alto (3495 x 1475 x 1460 mm). It will also have a 20 mm longer wheelbase (2380 mm) than the Alto (2360 mm), which means it’s likely to have better ride stability and more legroom for passengers.
Being a tall boy design, headroom is also likely to be adequate for taller people in the Eon. Boot space is estimated to be 215 litres, which is good enough in this segment (Alto has 170 litres only).
The brochure also reveals that Hyundai will offer some comfort and convenience features in the Eon such as central locking, power windows, music system with USB/Aux-in ports, speakers and parcel tray in the higher trim levels, driver airbag, tilt-adjustable steering, two-tone interiors, keyless entry and fog lamps. The Eon won’t have a tachometer, but instead the odometer display below the speedometer will show a gear-shift indicator.
Overall, the Eon seems to be a promising package with lot of features (typical Hyundai way) than rivals such as Spark, Alto, Alto K10 and Santro in its segment. Now, assuming the prices of Eon similar to Alto and Alto K10, will you go for the Eon?
(Photos courtesy: TeamBhp)