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Hyundai Eon discontinued in India. The Eon hatchback, which was the Korean brand's entry-level product in the Indian market has been officially removed from the company website. This makes the recently launched Santro hatchback, the new entry-level offering.
The Hyundai Eon was first launched in the Indian market, back in 2011. After eight years of production, the Hyundai Eon will no longer be on sale in the Indian market. The discontinuation of the Eon is because the hatchback fails to comply with the upcoming crash test and safety regulation norms of 2019. Hyundai decided to stop the production itself, instead of investing in its upgrades. This decision was mainly due to the declining sales of the hatchback in the Indian market.
The Hyundai Eon was initially available with a 814cc petrol engine producing 55bhp and 75Nm of torque. However, the hatchback was later updated with Hyundai's 1.0-litre three-cylinder 'Kappa' engine churning out 65bhp and 95Nm of torque mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai did bring in a few updates to the Eon hatchback in terms of mild cosmetic changes and a few additional safety feature inclusions. However, the Eon hatchback never got a major facelift throughout its years of production.
The Hyundai Eon came with a starting price of Rs 3.34 lakh for the base variant, while the top-spec trim was priced at Rs 4.68 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi). The Hyundai Santro, on the other hand, comes with a slightly higher starting price of Rs 3.90 lakh while the top-spec CNG variant costs Rs 5.64 lakh. Again all prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).
However, the Hyundai Santro comes loaded with all the latest features and equipments, expected in a car that price. It also complies with all the upcoming safety and crash test norms as well.
Thoughts On The Hyundai Eon Discontinuation
With the discontinuation of the Hyundai Eon, the Korean company now has no car in the entry-level hatchback segment in India. The Hyundai Eon took on competition from the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Alto and the Renault Kwid. The Hyundai santro, on the other hand, rivals the likes of the Maruti Wagon R in the Indian market.