South Korean car maker Hyundai, claimed to be world’s fastest growing automaker and fourth largest car manufacturer across the globe, has introduced its eight car and fourth hatchback-Hyundai EON in India. Within no time after its incorporation in 1996 in India Hyundai Motor India became the country’s second largest car manufacturer and it offers seven cars in India including three hatchbacks, three sedans and one SUV. The eight addition of a hatchback was earlier known as Hyundai HA and Hyundai 800 in car market. However the company started publicizing the name-EON soon after that. Hyundai EON is blowing trumpet left, right and centre with this three letter name which actually means ‘long period of time’. According to Hyundai ‘India is ON’ now with the advent of this bug-eyed hatchback.
Produced at Hyundai’s Chennai plant, the EON car has been conceived, designed and developed over four years, keeping the Indian consumer’s preferences in mind and is not a hurried result. Chennai-based Hyundai’s research and development team in Hyderabad worked in tandem with Hyundai’s R&D engineers in Korea to develop the Eon exclusively for the market in India. The new Hyundai small car is sure to stir competition in the under Rs 3 lakh price range as it is accorded with a starting price of Rs 2.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It yells to be a close rival of cars from top player Maruti India and homegrown Tata Motors. It will be the arch enemy of Maruti’s bestselling car ‘Maruti Alto’ and will no doubt sit over Tata Nano. Although the car is launched the actual sales and acute competition will be visible after a few months only when the car will be perfectly perceived by the Indian audience. Being priced affordably, it will also prove to be an excellent option of people’s hatchback Maruti 800 which is thinking of a re-launch.
A hatchback by body built-up, EON is the lowest priced car by Hyundai in India running on and on and on at 21.1 kmpl mileage. It is powered by 814cc engine. The mighty petrol engine is packed in all 6 variants released at the time of launch and will manage to deliver maximum power of 56 bhp at 5,500 rpm which is quite enough to power a small hatch. What’s more interesting is that Hyundai Motors India unveiled 3 more new variants of Hyundai Eon, namely D-Lite plus, Era plus and Eon Magna plus in 2012. These variants are priced more than the corresponding variants but with more features on board. All these three variants are offered to the consumers in LPG options too. The company took a wise decision by launching LPG variants for the consumers as the fuel prices are amplifying with a super speed, which is preventing the people from buying petrol vehicles. These 3 variants are priced intelligently that it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. At this point of time, Hyundai Motors India tagged along with the policy of ‘Go Green’ and designed its LPG variants as a part of Hyundai’s Blue Drive range that is in the company of factory fitted individual 32 litre of petrol and 34 litres of LPG tanks, which make sure safety to the consumers together with a 2 year warranty.
Hyundai EON inherits its looks from Hyundai i10 but it is relatively smaller. At the same time it has some things in common to Hyundai Santro also. The new Hyundai car is much inspired by the company’s new Fluidic design platform also used in other cars of Hyundai. The front of Hyundai’s small car EON, similar to Hyundai Verna Fluidic, is much satisfactory with hexagonal grille and sweeping headlamps slanting towards back, while it has a side similar to Hyundai i10. It would seem to be too much of boasting but the wheel arches and shoulder line parallels Mercedes CLS Class in appearance. It shows-off an exclusive curvy rear with half-moonlike tail-lights to lure youngsters. The design revolution continues in the roomy interiors also, where there is a comfortable seating option for four persons.
In order to keep pricing in control, not plethora of features are given on EON but the list is certainly not condemnable. The higher end variants Magna and Sportz house advanced features such as power steering and power windows that can be operated with the touch of a button. Safety features including Anti-lock Braking System, EBD etc are missing from Hyundai EON although driver side airbag on EON Sportz ensures that EON is the safest car in its class. Amongst the new pricey variants of Hyundai Eon, the new D-Lite Plus model comes with powerful air conditioning system and power steering, which provides a terrific ride to the owner. On the other hand, Hyundai Eon Era Plus features central locking system, power windows while Hyundai Eon Magna Plus has 2-Din audio system with USB support that would make the ride much more entertaining and fun.
Following its low price, Hyundai has cut some features but surely stands on pedestal in front of Maruti 800 and Tata Nano who can be treated as mere audience in front of EON. The unique digital gear shift indicator helps attain maximum optimum gear usage and best possible fuel efficiency. Alternate Management System allows control of power supply to a battery depending on the load and thus reduces fuel consumption and improves entire performance. Now, what else an Indian buyer wants.
This is the base variant of Hyundai EON and is powered by 814cc engine. This variant has no power steering, power windows and is a standard model with heater and 4 blowers, child lock, chrome radiator grille, engine immobilizer, rear seat belts, cup holder, remote tail gate release, low fuel indicator and 2-tone beige and brown interiors.
If you seek front and rear speaker grille, utility options like rear parcel tray, 2 DIN Radio+CD+MP3 Audio with 2 speakers in front, USB Port, Aux-in Port and a digital clock, Hyundai EON Magna is the best option for you.
There are some buyers who cannot just be satisfied without a keyless entry and consider safety to be on priority. For such customers, Hyundai EON Sportz is the suitable choice. This is the high end variant with all the features offered in other models along with front fog, lamps, driver side airbag, keyless entry, body color outside mirror and door handles, metallic finish 3 spoke steering wheel unlike other variants which have 2 spoke steering. It also adorns metallic finished inside door handles which enhance the sporty style on EON.
This new Eon variant will be offered to the Indian consumers with LPG option that would surely control your budget in terms of fuel. The car will run on LPG and churn out impressive power and torque that would deliver a remarkable mileage.
Hyundai EON is parading all round the country to spread the word that the car gives phenomenal mileage that will bring cheers to EON customers this Diwali. An ARAI certified mileage of 21 kmpl is something which can drop many jaws seeing the size and price of the car. The highly appraisable Hyundai’s hatchback EON comes powered with 814cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine which is capable of producing peak power of 56 bhp@5,500 rpm and 76 Nm of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm. Besides the petrol version, the company also offers Hyundai Eon LPG variants on D-Lite plus, Era plus and Magna Plus. All these variants also deliver similar amount of power and torque accompanied with the mileage that would give other cars a run for their money. All variants’ engines are coupled to a five speed manual gearbox. The hatchback is quite fuel efficient and the engine is designed in such a way that it becomes most fuel efficient car in its segment. Moreover the Alternator Management System present in top variant reduces fuel-consumption and meliorates overall performance. Hyundai EON possess all ability to beat Maruti Alto which offers a mileage of 20.2 kmpl. Something exceptional like this is enough in a mileage-ridden country like India.
Hyundai EON Power
Hyundai EON, the petite car with 814cc petrol power plant with 3 cylinders and 9 valves is capable of generating maximum power of 56 bhp at 5,500 rpm and produces peak torque of 76 Nm at 4,000 rpm through a five speed manual gearbox. Since the powertrain carries an 814cc engine, the power and acceleration delivered by EON can beat Alto’s 796 cc engine but cannot stay over the newly launched 998 cc K10 engine of Maruti Alto which delivers 68 bhp of power. ‘Very powerful’ term cannot be attributed to Hyundai EON but overall, EON is a city car with a decent engine tuned to perform well in even congested city roads. On the other hand, the Hyundai Eon LPG variants (D-Lite Plus, Era Plus and Magna Plus) churn out similar power and torque that gives the owner a delight to drive and makes the car fuel efficient so that it isn’t heavy on your pocket.
Hyundai EON Colors
These colors are available with all variants of Hyundai EON
Coral White Pristine Blue Dark Grey Metallic Sleek Silver Maharajah Red Mushroom
Hyundai EON Acceleration & Pick-Up
As far as the acceleration of Hyundai EON is concerned, the hatchback, loaded with 814cc engine, and the engine output is transmitted through a five speed manual gearbox. The engine promises to offer usual acceleration that crosses the speed of 100 km per hour from nil in 21.1 seconds. This hatchback will be able to reach a top speed of 135 km per hour. The hatchback has decent pick-up but is essentially a city car. Unfavorable road conditions can make the drive a little treble and vibration at idle status can be received with EON. However, the engine has reasonable amount of pep. The Hyundai Eon LPG is alike to the other petrol variants of the small car and delivers great pick-up and acceleration. When accelerated, Hyundai Eon LPG touches its top speed in merely few seconds.
Hyundai EON is based on the platform of Hyundai i10 but is essentially smaller than it. Pictures of this car suggest that it will not share Santro's tall boy proportions. Clever use of steel in varied proportion and thickness enables EON to be reasonably stiff and light. EON which means an 'indefinitely long period of time' hints that the Korean car makers are relying on the hatch big time. Features of Hyundai EON make it a strong contender of Maruti Alto, Chevrolet Spark, Indica e-Xeta and Tata Nano among which the Alto is the arch rival. Hyundai EON has a reinforced body structure. The body structure of EON is pretty strong with square shaped radiator panel and reinforcement on the floor panel.
The hatch has an independent type of front displaying a sporty look. The front end gets the hexagonal chrome tip radiator grille, which is now the new global face of all Hyundai cars. Meanwhile, large headlights with chrome detailing and clamp type bonnet enhance luxury element in the car. The front look is dominated by steeply raked front windscreen. Even the tight-fit roof with a micro antenna renders the sporty look to Hyundai EON. Fog lamps will not be a standard fitment but they are present on top-end variant of Hyundai EON in triangular shape. The small car gets body colored bumpers in 4 of its top variants. In profile, the Hyundai EON gets a rather sweeping shoulder line and body colored door handles and side mirrors. The wheels have full cover with hub cap looks slick and stylish while cruising. The shoulder line and the wheel arches can be compared to super luxurious Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. A sharp ridge runs up the B &C-pillar at the sides. There is a keyless entry option in high end variant which also adorns body color door handle and side mirrors.
Eon’s rear is very curvy and splitted giving the car a crunched look from back. One can find an integrated spoiler at the rear side which will enhance the aerodynamics of the small car. Hyundai EON gradually gets wider at its rear and can seat 5 although comfortably 4 can fit in the car. Elongated and squeezed tail lights give it a unique half-moon like look different than Nissan Micra and Maruti Alto. It comes devoid of a quarter glass on the rear door enhancing the sportiness of the car. The rear bumpers are also bent towards the ground that exhaust pipe seems to be out of one’s vision.
Hyundai Eon LPG variants have no prominent changes on the exteriors. But, the firm has added on gift shift indicators and body colored bumpers, which make it look more stylish and in sync with the entire look.
Hyundai EON at a price tag of Rs 2.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) is the cheapest Hyundai car in India. But still, many interior features are loaded in EON. The roomy interiors are done with 2-tone beige and brown colors. The floor console is deluxe with enough legspace for front passengers. Hyundai designers sampled a considerable 30 mineral water bottles for size before designing the door pad of EON. While the front seats are bucket-type, there is upright seating position for rear-seat passengers to place their feet under the front seats. Thigh support is fairly decent and headroom is sufficient as well. The best place to sit, of course, is up front. The seats are reasonably large and supportive and semi-cloth premium seat upholstery is used to cover them. Boot space is something on which car can trump over its competitors. But buyers will have to mull for long over knee-room for rear-seat passengers which is supposed to be tight, especially when there’s a tall driver at the wheel.
EON is based on fluidic model of Hyundai for smooth and comfortable journey. The five-seater car features power and tilt steering, front power windows, armrests, air conditioner and 3 spoke metallic finish steering wheel in the partially and fully loaded variants but the base variant of Hyundai EON is devoid of these features. However, exclusive dashboard storage with pedestal space, cup holders and 3 assist grips are present on the base D Lite model. Driver seat adjustment will be manual and remote levers for fuel lid and tail gate are standard in all variants. The interior space is said to be better than Maruti Alto with good amount of leg space. A 5-speed manual gearbox can be seen in the cabin with a digital gear shift indicator in futuristic instrument panel. EON sports a CD player with Radio and MP3, USB support with AUX-in port and remote locking (not in all 6variants). Moreover, utility features like map-pockets in front with bottle holder, rear parcel tray, metallic finish curvy central console and molded door trims are add-on features in some variants of Hyundai EON. The company is expecting to drive volumes with this low cost car which is designed keeping the urban audience in view.
Talking about the interior features of Hyundai Eon LPG variants (D-Lite Plus, Era Plus and Magna Plus); they are no less in any way. The Hyundai Eon D-Lite Plus features an impressive air conditioning system along with power steering making the ride for the owner much simpler and pleasant. On the other hand, the Hyundai Eon Era Plus is a higher model than D-Lite plus and features central locking system along with power windows. The highest LPG variant, Hyundai Eon Magna Plus and is loaded with ample features, including power steering, power windows, air conditioning system, heater, central locking and 2-Din audio/MP3 player with USB support.
Air Conditioner has not made its way in the base variant to incorporate it at reasonable price of Rs 2.69 lakh, but has gradually been added in all 5 variants to provide comfortable journey in sunny weather. ‘Automatic’ is a word far from the dictionary of Hyundai EON with all simple features. However remote locking as well as child lock is added to the feature list for a time saving key-less entry. Full size arm-rests are given on the front doors but auto-wiper is missing. Two rear seat belts are provided on spacious and comfortable seats done with semi-cloth upholstery in addition to the front seat belts. A unique feature is the ‘low fuel warning’ which allows driver to know in advance that the petrol tank needs fuel. Hyundai EON would not attract complaints regarding faulty features causing accidents like Tata Nano as the car comes with driver seat airbag, reinforced body structure, engine immobilizer, incise rear view mirror and front fog lamps. Dual Tripmeter is also given as a convenient feature in Hyundai EON. Similar kinds of comfort features are also present in Hyundai Eon LPG variants making the car exclusive and very competitive. Overall, the car will be as comfortable as is Hyundai i10 or Hyundai Santro and interior build quality will speak for itself and offer comfort to the driver and the passengers.
Hyundai EON Engine Capacity & Performance
The very naive small car Hyundai EON has hit Indian market with 814 cc three cylinder petrol SOHC 9 Valve engine exhibiting a decent power of 56 bhp (56 Ps) and 76 Nm of torque. The Hyundai Eon LPG variants have similar engine specification, but being run on LPG, the fuel efficiency increases a bit more. The maximum power is applied at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque is applied on wheels at 4,000 rpm. This engine is comparable to Hyundai Santro and is better than Maruti Alto’s 796 cc base engine delivering power of 47 Ps. One cannot determine the actual performance of this hatch just by gazing at the car. Its size can dodge you as this small car attains a phenomenal top speed 135 kmph and can manage the acceleration of 0-100 km in just 21.1 sec especially on city roads. According to sources, Hyundai EON petrol makes some amount of vibration at start but the engine gradually smoothens up after the move. The fuel tank capacity is 32 litre, whereas the LPG models of Hyundai Eon comes with a fuel tank capacity of 34 litres. The ARAI certified mileage of the petrol version of this car is exceptionally good at 21.1 kmpl. The brilliant ‘Toroidal’ tank in the new Hyundai Eon LPG variants endow with much bigger boot space instead of the archetypal and expected LPG-fitted models that are available in the market today.
Hyundai EON Wheels
Wheels are an attractive feature on Hyundai EON petrol and LPG variants. Normally for small cars, small wheelbase is anticipated. However, long wheelbase is equipped in Hyundai EON (2,380 mm) Hyundai EON tyre size is 145/80 R12 on Hyundai EON D Lite, Hyundai EON D Lite Plus and Hyundai EON Era whereas a tyre of the size of 155/70 R13 dress on Hyundai EON Magna, Hyundai EON Magna Plus and Hyundai EON Sportz. McPherson Strut with Coil Spring & Anti-Roll Bar bar suspension is connected to the front wheel whereas Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring is attached to the rear wheels. Steel wheels are covered with full wheel cover with hub cap in first 3 variants gives EON a grand appearance.
Hyundai EON Braking & Handling
The Breaking and Handling of Hyundai EON is marked by an excellent braking system to ensure utmost safety of the passengers even at the top speed of 135 kmph. The front brakes of this car are disc brakes and the rear brakes will be drum. The powerful brakes help the car bring to halt to avoid any untoward happenings. In all, we can say that the car offers expected stability and comfort to the user compared to any other small car in the segment. Gas type shock absorber gives extra stability to the car. Tubeless tyres give extra safety as chances of sudden air leakage, vanishes during accident. Moreover, better heat dissipation, balanced weight and cost saving is ensured. All the variants are accompanied with great braking and handling specifications including the LPG variants, Hyundai Eon D-Lite Plus, Era Plus and Magna Plus.
Hyundai EON Handling & Safety
The safety is taken care of by Hyundai India. EON, being a small with 814 cc engine mated to 5 speed manual transmission, offers ease of handling and safety on the Indian roads. EON is blessed with driver side airbag. The reinforced structured on EON is extremely strong with a square shaped radiator support panel, reinforcement on floor panel and door side impact beams. All of them bolster the already strong structure and provide connection strength to counter the huge forces generated on impact. It offers a seating arrangement for 5 passengers who can view the rear side with the help of a mirror in the console. Targeted as an A segment car, it offers the rear seat belts ensuring the safety for the rear occupants too by pulling the belts tautly against the passengers in case of accidents. The remote locking system with child lock is featured in the car to avoid car thefts. The car is expected to offer a smooth drive and comfortable handling even at a high speeds. Hyundai EON will be quite agile and keen when turning into corners. Other safety features such are front fog lamps, keyless entry and engine immobilizer. All in all it is small wonder car in Indian market.
Hyundai EON Stereo & Accessories
Hyundai EON carries off well a 2 DIN Audio CD player with radio and MP3 player. Also, USB connectivity and AUX-in supports are given to enhance entertainment. The car caters to all audiences and takes care of all the features including music and entertainment. Accessories include rear parcel tray, cup holders, and map pockets with bottle holder, floor console storage.
Hyundai EON Pros & Cons
Hyundai EON Pros :
Affordable price, Fluidic design, Spacious, Brand value and large service network of Hyundai, Decent safety features.
Hyundai EON Cons :
Lack of AC in base variant, vibration can be felt owing to 3 cylinders.