Hyundai has launched the Eon at a competitive price starting from Rs. 2.69 lakh. Maruti Suzuki Alto, the largest selling car, will definitely face the heat from the Eon, thanks to Eon’s stylish looks, loaded features and six trim levels. The Eon is all set to redefine the entry-level hatchback segment. Here are nine reasons why the Eon will appeal to first car buyers.
The Eon is powered by an 814 cc, 3-cylinder petrol motor that puts out 56 bhp of power and 75 Nm of torque. On paper, the Eon is more powerful than the Alto, though much would depend on gearing. Let us look at the positives of the Eon, which make it quite tempting for the small car buyer in India.
The Eon is the latest car to feature Hyundai’s global fluidic design theme. The car’s front gets a hexagonal grille and headlamps like the i10’s. Even the side profiles of the Eon resemble the i10. The rear gets a large chunky bumper, curvy hatch door and radically styled tall tail lamp cluster.
The Eon has interiors that we see only in cars that are a segment higher. The symmetrically designed dashboard layout serves both purposes: aesthetics and functionality.
In terms of safety, the Eon’s top-end variant sports a driver’s airbag. It’s at present the only car with an airbag in this segment. The body of the Eon has reinforcements on the floor panel and door side impact beams for added safety in the event of an accident.
The Eon has tilt steering for better driving comfort, again the only car in this segment to sport this feature.
AC controls & instrument dials
The AC controls seem upmarket and are smartly laid out in the central console. The tripod instrument console features a large centrally located speedometer, engine temperature gauge on the left and fuel gauge on the right. The MID unit displays speedometer reading, gear shift indicator for optimal fuel efficiency and trip meter reading. The green-lit instrument cluster also enhances the visual appeal.
The Eon comes with a 2-DIN Radio, CD and MP3 audio system with Aux-in, USB ports and two front door speakers in the top-end variant.
Front fog lamps
The Eon has unique triangular fog lamps, which not only enhances visibility when driven in bad weather, but also gives a sporty flair to the car.
Another first time in its segment, the Eon comes with keyless entry. The buttons embedded in the manual key can be used to lock/unlock doors.
The Eon has plenty of storage spaces located in the dashboard, door pockets which can hold magazines, 1-litre bottles, rear parcel tray and a useful 215 litre boot.
Tell us what you think about the Eon in the comments below!
Hyundai Eon Tech Specs
[table id=275 /]