The Hyundai Eon, or Hyundai Atos Eon, is a city car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. It was launched on 13 October 2011 in India, March 2012 in the Philippines,[7] June 2012 in Vietnam,[8] and June 2014 in Sri Lanka. It is also sold in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Chile, Panama, and Colombia. The Eon is not officially sold in its home market, South Korea.

Hyundai Eon
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Overview
ManufacturerHyundai
Also calledHyundai Atos Eon[1]
ProductionApril 2011–May 2019
Model years2011–2019
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (A)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
PlatformHyundai-Kia SA
RelatedHyundai i10
Kia Picanto
Powertrain
Engine814 cc Epsilon G3HA I3 (petrol)[3][4]
1.0 L Kappa II I3 (petrol)[5][6]
Transmission5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,380 mm (93.7 in)
Length3,495 mm (137.6 in)
Width1,550 mm (61.0 in)
Height1,500 mm (59.1 in)
Curb weight760–790 kg (1,680–1,740 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorHyundai Atos
SuccessorHyundai Santro (AH2)
Hyundai Reina (Philippines)

The Eon is produced in India at Hyundai's Chennai plant for the domestic and export markets as the company's entry level city car (positioned below the Hyundai i10 and Hyundai Atos).[9]

Design and ProductionEdit

The Eon was designed jointly between the Hyundai R&D centers in Namyang, South Korea, and Hyderabad, India.[10][11] It is offered with an 814 cc three-cylinder petrol engine that generates 55 bhp (56 PS) and 75 N⋅m (7.6 kg⋅m) torque. According to Hyundai's Philippine distributor, the Eon has a fuel economy rating of 26.3 km/L (62 mpg‑US).[12] The car is equipped with 13-inch wheels fitted with 155/70R13 tyres.[3]

In January 2012, Hyundai India announced LPG models of Eon as well. These models have a 34L toroidal tank[13] with an additional cost of approximately INR 27000 to the available models.

In May 2014, Hyundai released a variant of the Eon with the 1.0L Kappa II three-cylinder engine also found in the European Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto. The motor generates power of 68 bhp (69 PS) at 6,200 rpm and peak torque at 94 N⋅m (9.6 kg⋅m) at 3500 rpm.[5][6]

In April 2017, Hyundai Asia Resources Incorporated (HARI) opened its Hyundai Assembly Center (HAC) in Santa Rosa to meet the increasing demand of the Eon in the Philippines. The plant also produces the Hyundai H350.[2]

VariantsEdit

As of November 2017, there are thirteen variants for the Indian market:

  • D Lite - Heater and four blowers, child lock, chrome radiator grille, engine immobilizer, rear seat belts, cup holder, remote tail gate release, low fuel indicator and two-tone beige and brown interiors. Discontinued in 2018.
  • D Lite+ - This has the same features as D-Lite but has an air conditioner, power steering and hubcaps. Discontinued in 2018. * D Lite+ Airbag - All the features from the D Lite+ model plus addition of a Driver side airbag as a safety feature. Discontinued in 2018.
  • Era+ (0.8L) - Tinted glass, body colored bumpers, metallic finish centre console, front power windows, electric power steering.
  • Era+ (0.8L) Airbag - All the features from the Era+ (0.8L) model plus addition of a Driver side airbag as a safety feature. Discontinued in 2018.
  • Era+ (0.8L) SE - This is the standard Era+ (0.8L) model with some exterior additions like, Roof Rails, Body Kit and in-car entertainment feature added, Integrated (in-dash) Music System (2-DIN stereo with touch screen display and 2 speakers).
  • Era+ (1.0L) - Same as the 0.8L variant, Body colored outside mirror and door handles, front fog lamps, Driver side Airbag, keyless Entry. Discontinued in 2018.
  • Magna+ (0.8L) - Front and rear speaker grille, utility options like rear parcel tray, driver side central locking, 2 DIN Radio/CD/MP3 Audio with two speakers in front, USB port, auxiliary-in port and a digital clock.
  • Magna+ (0.8L) Airbag - This is the standard Magna+ (0.8L) with driver airbag. Discontinued in 2018.
  • Magna+ (0.8L) SE - This is the standard Magna+ (0.8L) model with some exterior additions like, Roof Rails, Body Kit and in-car entertainment feature added, a touch screen display. Discontinued in 2018.
  • Magna+(o)(o) (1.0L) - Same as the 0.8L variant, Body colored outside mirror and door handles, front fog lamps, Driver side Airbag, keyless Entry.[5]
  • Sportz - Keyless entry, front fog lamps, driver side airbag, body color outside mirror and door handles, metallic finish three-spoke steering wheel unlike other variants which have a two-spoke version.

The Philippine market version is offered in three variants:

  • GL - similar to the D Lite+, but with front power windows included. Discontinued in 2016.
  • GLX - same as Era+, but with body-colored side mirrors and bumpers. Introduced in 2016 as the replacement variant to the GLS & GL variants. Discontinued in mid-2019
  • GLS - equivalent to the Sportz, but with 7" LCD touchscreen, reverse-sensor, adjustable headrests and side-mirror turn signal indicators. Discontinued in 2016.

Engine optionsEdit

Models[14] Displacement (Engine Model) Power Torque ARAI Mileage
0.8L 814 cc (49.7 cu in) I3 (G3HG) 56 PS (41 kW)@5500 rpm 75 N⋅m (7.6 kg⋅m)@4000 rpm 21.1 km/L (50 mpg‑US)
1.0L 998 cc (60.9 cu in) I3 (Kappa II) 69 PS (51 kW)@6200 rpm 91 N⋅m (9.3 kg⋅m)@3500 rpm 20.3 km/L (48 mpg‑US)

SafetyEdit

Models available in the Philippines (before 2016MY) are sold with airbags on the top-spec GLS variant but not on the GLX (starting 2016MY) and GL variant. However, in the Indian market, a driver's side airbag is standard on Sportz and Magna+ (1.0L) variants, and optional on Era+ and Magna+ (0.8L) models.[15] In 2016, tests conducted by British agency Global NCAP awarded the Eon (without airbag) with a 0-star rating. Many entry-level competitors sold in the Indian market also achieved this rating. Driver protection was rated as poor and front passenger protection was rated marginal (albeit with possible danger of knee impact).[16][17]

Test Score
Adult occupant protection:      
Child occupant protection: 42%
Bodyshell Integrity: Unstable

Marketing and positioningEdit

The Eon is positioned to compete with the Maruti Alto in India[10][18] and the Suzuki Celerio in Southeast Asian markets.

FaceliftEdit

As Eon monthly sales have reached 10,000 units (half of the Maruti Alto 800 and Alto K10's sales) in India, Hyundai had given the car a facelift for the 2014 model year.[9]

2017 marked the introduction of the Eon 'Sports Edition'. Priced from INR 3.88 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the 0.8L limited edition model added more equipment and styling enhancements over the Era+ and Magna+ variants that it is based on. Sold only in Polar White, exterior enhancements include side body mouldings and roof rails, while the interior gains a 6.2" touchscreen infotainment system with Phone-Link.[19]

DiscontinuationEdit

In August 2018, Hyundai Motor India Pvt. Ltd announced that the Eon will be discontinued by the end of September 2019, as the car is not compliant with new safety regulations that will be implemented in October 2019 and the Bharat Stage VI emissions regulations that will be enforced in April 2020. Its replacement, the third generation Santro, had been released before the festive season of 2018.[20]

The last Hyundai Eon rolled off the line on May 3, 2019 at the Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. Manufacturing Plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna. The China-built Reina sedan serves as the Eon's replacement in the Philippine market.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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