Hyundai Motors India has discontinued the Eon hatchback in India. The Eon that went into production in 2011, has been officially removed from the company’s website. This now makes the Santro as the entry-level vehicle in Hyundai’s portfolio.
Why not upgrade?
The reason for discontinuation has been cited as a failure to comply with the new crash safety regulations. Dwindling sales figures has made Hyundai pull the plug rather than giving an update.
With the Santro garnering more popularity and the carmaker’s limited production capacity, it makes a sensible decision to take the Eon off the shelves. This will help Hyundai to concentrate on Santro’s production to meet the demand.
The Eon was initially available with an 814 CC petrol engine, churning about 55 hp and 75 Nm torque. Later, Hyundai added a 1.0 Litre, 3 cylinder Kappa petrol. The output of the Kappa engine stood at 65 hp and 95 Nm of Torque. The engine came mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Though the Eon did not receive any major facelift or upgrades during its run, Hyundai gave it some mild cosmetic and feature upgrades. With Eon’s discontinuation, Hyundai has no offering in the entry-level hatchback segment. The Eon took on the competition from Maruti Alto 800 and Renault Kwid. We are not sure if a replacement for the Eon is on cards, but if Hyundai has any plans, it will be not so soon.
The Road Ahead
With the Eon discontinued, the Santro is the entry-level product from the Korean carmaker. The Santro is better in terms of features, space, and safety. It also complies with the upcoming safety and crash testing regulations. The Santro is available at a starting price of INR 3.90 Lakhs whereas the top-spec CNG variant costs 5.64 Lakhs, ex-showroom.