Hyundai Motors is planning to launch LPG powered Eon and i10 in the coming months according to some media reports. With an indefinite postponement of Hyundai's diesel engine plant in INDia, the Korean carmaker had to offer a cheaper fuel alternative to petrol for its small cars or it face the risk of dwindling sales even for its low priced cars.
And at this situation LPG appears to be the next best thing after diesel. LPG can be placed third in the list of most easily available fuels after petrol and diesel. Hence do not be surprised if you see an LPG powered Eon or I 10 in some time.
Reports say the LPG powered EON and i10 will have dual fuel engines. These engines will be capable of handling both LPG and petrol at any given time. These two models will be part of the 15 new models that Hyundai is planning to launch in the next 5 years.
LPG is about 30% to 40% cheaper than petrol and is considered as a safe fuel. However the amount of power generated by this fuel is comparatively lower than petrol. You can easily notice a 30 per cent drop in power despite the engine size being the same. But this drop in power will not affect city driving.
Hyundai has a tendency of not revealing too much about its new models until they are close to being production ready. If the Korean carmaker continues with the same trend then the LPG powered Eon and i10 might as well reached testing stages.
Unconfirmed reports also say Hyundai might also unveil these two cars at the 2012 Auto Expo to be held in Delhi. Well, all we can do now is just keep guessing and waiting.