South Korean car maker Hyundai’s little hatchback, the Eon, was very well received due to its cute looks, good features, easy city driveability and so on. But one aspect where it fell short was on power. Now though, Hyundai will give the Eon a 1.0 litre engine with a higher power output to take care of that issue.
This engine will be available on the middle variant, the Magna. This 3 pot petrol engine has a power output of 65 bhp and bookings for this car are already open. The Hyundai Eon 1.0 litre will cost INR 3.85 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai) if you opt for the car to be painted in a metallic colour.
The Eon will be pitted against the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, which also houses a 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder petrol engine under its bonnet. In terms of power, the 2 cars are pretty evenly matched; the Celerio’s engine puts out 67 bhp. The Celerio is slightly larger than the Eon, which means that it is more spacious on the inside. However, the USP of the Celerio is its excellent automated manual transmission (AMT) that makes city driving an absolute breeze. The Celerio VXi costs INR 4.26 lakhs and the same variant with the AMT costs INR 4.66 lakhs (both prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Yet another car in the foray is the acclaimed Datsun Go. There was a lot of pomp surrounding this car’s release as it marked the brand’s global resurrection. The Datsun Go is powered by a 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder petrol engine that develops 67 bhp; which in turn is connected to a 5 speed manual transmission. Datsun has taken care to maximise interior space and to include nifty, thoughtful features that enhance the car’s ownership experience. The equivalent middle variant of the Datsun Go (the A variant) will set you back by around INR 4 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai).