2016 Hyundai Eon Facelift AT launching in third quarter of 2016; major cosmetic upgrades with added equipment are expected
In another exclusive report, we can reveal that Hyundai Eon will get facelifted version launched in the third quarter of this year. The entry-level small hatchback from the second largest car manufacturer in the country will need an imperative update courtesy of the ever-growing demand in the first time buyers’ space with the majority of the passenger vehicle market’s shares up for grabs.
With Maruti Suzuki Alto persistently leading the charge, the second best model in the affordable category had been the breakthrough product from Renault, the Kwid. The heavily localised hatchback saw the French manufacturer increasing its market share single-handedly and subsequently giving a major blow for the Hyundai Eon’s sales.
As expected, Renault Kwid’s overwhelming popularity led it to seize the second-place stranglehold of the Eon throughout this year. The Eon was launched in the Indian market back in 2011 and since then reports of a facelift have come and gone. Despite several times being spotted running trials in the last two years, the Eon facelift has not yet been revealed.
To slow down the dominance of Renault Kwid, Hyundai needs to make giant leap with the facelifted Eon and supposedly that’s the predominant aspect for the delaying market launch. Our trusted sources had divulged earlier that the new facelift won’t be a mid-life refresh to stay on course with the competitors but instead it will be a comprehensive revision with all the niggles faced by the customers in the outgoing model taken into consideration.
The cosmetic changes will be thorough along with modifications to the updated cabin. It could come featured with touchscreen infotainment system to stand on-par with the Renault Kwid whilst the equipment list will be stuffed with more offerings to entice more buyers towards the Eon. The driver airbag is more likely to be sold as standard across all variants to improve safety quotient.
The biggest mechanical change to be associated with the Eon Facelift is speculated to be the inclusion of an automatic transmission. The cheapest Hyundai automatic variant currently on sale is the Grand i10 Asta AT 1.2 Kappa VTVT which employs a four-speed auto ‘box paired with the 1.2-litre Kappa motor producing 79 bhp and 112 Nm of torque.
After deriving power from an 800 cc mill earlier, Renault added the 1.0-litre engine-equipped Kwid with AMT to its lineup in November following its showcase at the Auto Expo 2016. As for the Eon, it already has a 998 cc unit available in its engine line-up developing 64 bhp and 98 Nm and thus adding up a four-speed automatic as a range-topping variant is highly likely.