The Eeco, based on the Suzuki Carry platform, is another product that is likely to get this engine. This engine is also tipped to find its way into the Celerio. Click here for more details. So far, the Eeco has been sold in India with CNG, LPG and petrol engine options.
The 1.2 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine, a downsized version of the 1.3 liter G13BA motor and good for 73 Bhp-101 Nm, has been a staple across the Eeco range of passenger and panel vans. The addition of a turbo diesel engine will pit the Eeco against the slow selling Tata Venture, the Tata Ace Magic and the Mahindra Maxximo passenger vans.
While the Ace Magic and the Maxximo passenger vans are aimed at the cab market, the Venture is positioned to attract the family van/MPV buyer. The Eeco Diesel, backed by Maruti Suzuki’s strong after sales network, could find use both as a cab as well as a family van.
The Maruti Eeco is a versatile product that does duty as a passenger van, a panel van and even as an ambulance. The boxy looking van was brought into India as the Versa. A high price tag ensured that the Versa remained confined to showroom shelves, and this prompted Maruti Suzuki to downsize the Versa’s engine and relaunch it as the Eeco, taking advantage of the lower excise duty on sub-4 meter cars with a petrol engine capacity measuring less than 1.2 liters.