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The all-new hatchback, the AH2 is expected to bring back the 'Santro' name in India. The new Santro hatchback once launched, will be placed between the entry-level Eon and the Grand i10 in Hyundai India line-up. However, the Eon will be phased-out slowly by 2019, rather than being discontinued suddenly.
With the new stringent 2020 emission norms arriving, the new upcoming Santro hatchback will soon be Hyundai India's entry-level car. The new Hyundai Santro will use the same platform, as that of the now discontinued i10 hatchback.
The new Hyundai hatchback has been spotted testing in India on multiple occasions. As seen in the spy pics of the new hatchback, the car will carry forward the popular tall-boy design from the previous generation Santro. However, the car will feature a brand new design language, similar to all other current Hyundai models.
Livemint sources, stated, "It is confirmed that the Eon will be discontinued and some suppliers have also been told that the product will be available for just a year, a few months back,"
They also added, "This is also a very prudent decision by a successful company like Hyundai since Eon will not be to stand the new crash norms. So, they are replacing it with a better product which will adhere to all the new norms."
Hyundai, however, will not entirely scrap the Eon platform. The company is expected to use it for the development of new vehicles in the future.
The sales of the Hyundai Eon were constantly on the decline. The sales for the Eon has been recording a decline of 13 per cent every fiscal year. However, during the last fiscal year, the entry-level hatchback did manage to recover sales and record a marginal growth of 1.7 per cent.
Thoughts On The Hyundai Eon Being Discontinued
Discontinuing the Hyundai Eon will allow the company to allocate manufacturing capacity to its new upcoming hatchback. Hyundai is currently using up 99 per cent of its total production capacity. Hence, with new vehicles in the pipeline, the company also plans to increase production with a new facility in the future.