Hyundai Eon’s 0.8-litre Epsilon petrol engine is likely to face difficulty meeting BS-VI emission norm; could lead to discontinuation
Hyundai could discontinue its entry level hatchback Eon’s 0.8-litre variant in India by 2020. The Eon is presently available in two engine options, a 0.8-litre variant and a 1.0-litre variant as well. The smaller Epsilon engine is likely to face difficulty to meet the upcoming BS-VI emission norm that is about to be implemented from 1st April, 2020. In that case, the Korean auto major could continue with the 1.0-litre Kappa engine only.
Eon is a pretty popular model from the second largest automaker in the country and this hatchback’s sales mainly attributes to the 800 cc engine powered model. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and churns out 56 hp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 75 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm along with 21.1 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
Trouble for the 0.8-litre Epsilon engine is that developing a new cleaner engine to meet the stricter emission norm will be a pricey affair. This will affect the affordable pricing of the car. Not only that, Hyundai is also expected to replace the Eon hatch with the new generation Santro by the end of this decade, as the latter is one of the most popular and bestselling cars of all time in the country.
Hyundai is currently working on a facelift version for the Eon hatchback. It will come incorporating significant design updates across exterior, while inside the cabin, it is likely to arrive pretty upmarket with additional features. The Kwid and Alto competitor’s rival will receive a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system putting it on par with the Renault Kwid.
The Hyundai Eon facelift would come with a revised front grille in line with the Korean auto major’s latest modern cars. Also, the headlamps are also expected to come updated. Apart from that, we would see revised bumper, chrome finishing at exterior, while inside the cabin improved quality seat and upholstery materials are likely to be introduced.
Source: Autocar India