Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hyundai Eon to launch in India

The Indian subsidiary of the South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai, is soon going to launch Hyundai Eon in India. Eon will be joining the league famous hatchback models like Maruti Suzuki Alto, Chevrolet Spark and Tata Nano. Hyundai Eon launch date is expected to be in the first week of October this year. The company has competitively priced this new hatchback model to take over the small car segment in India.

Hyundai Eon price in India will range between Rs. 2.50 lacs and Rs. 3.80 lacs. Hyundai Eon bookings will start, most likely, from the second week of October and the booking amount will be around Rs. 10,000. Experts suggest that due to the increasing popularity of Eon, the bookings are expected to surpass that of Maruti Suzuki Swift. Hyundai is aiming to take advantage of the upcoming Indian festive season in October, to boost Hyundai Eon sales, by attracting a large part of the urban audience.

Hyundai will speed up the process by commencing car deliveries by November this year. The company plans to phase out their popular model Hyundai Santro and replace it with Hyundai Eon. The car is expected to lead the hatchback segment with a distinct exterior structure based on Hyundai Fluidic Verna design.

Some exterior features of the new Hyundai Eon include stylish wheel covers, body coloured bumpers and door handles, crystal clear front fog lamps, front grille with chrome finishing and tall clear tail lamps. Owing to all the luring features, Eon is likely to earn the title of the best looking hatchback in India.

The company will be launching Hyundai Eon in 6 petrol variants namely Eon D-Lite, Eon D-Lite (O), Eon Era, Eon Magma, Eon Magma (O) and Eon Sportz. The engine of Hyundai Eon will be powered with 3-cylinder and 814 cc engine displacement. Eon engine is expected to generate a maximum power of 55 bhp at 5500 rpm and a peak torque of 76.5 Nm at 4000 rpm. Moreover, the hatchback also claims to have an ARAI certified fuel economy ranging from 15 kmpl to 21 kmpl.

Along with a Hyundai Fluidic Verna based exterior design, the interior sports a number of simple features. Hyundai Eon in India will come with a spacious cabin having abundant legroom, to support a convenient driving experience. Its features include power steering, front power windows, remote central locking, manually operated air-conditioning system and much more. The high end Hyundai Eon variants will have an option for factory installed music system with AUX-in, USB port and 4 speakers.

Other noticeable features are large speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauge in the instrument cluster and a spacious glove compartment to accommodate articles such as mobile phones, newspaper, spectacles and much more.

The new Hyundai Eon will be a strong opponent for other hatchbacks in the Indian car market. With an aggressive yet trendy design complimented well by in-cabin features, the model is believed to be one of the best in its class. Moreover, a reasonable Hyundai Eon price is expected to garner high volume sales.

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