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Can the new Hyundai EON take on Maruti Celerio, Datsun GO

May 12, 2014 14:01 IST

Can the new Hyundai EON take on Maruti Celerio, Datsun GO

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Hyundai Motors has come up with a new strategy to take on the latest hatchback sensation, Maruti Suzuki Celerio.

The company has now installed the Eon with an all-efficient 1.0-litre kappa petrol motor and the auto-giant also look forward to introduce it with a small displacement 0.8-litre motor in near future.

It could be that the company must be looking forward to either increase the sales chart drastically or it may be intending to introduce variety of powertrains with the increasing demand of low displacement engines.

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Image: Maruti Celerio.
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Maruti Celerio that was launched recently at the 2014 Auto Expo will now have to lock horns with this new 1.0 Kappa petrol engine bestowed Hyundai Eon.

Moreover, the introduction of Hyundai Eon with increased power will directly impact the sales of newly arrived Datsun Go.

To get more insight, let us do a brief comparison of Hyundai Eon 1.0 L Kappa, Maruti Celerio and Datsun Go.

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Exteriors

Hyundai Eon has been applauded by the automobile experts for its spotless designing that not only looks contemporary but also gets sharp cues from siblings like the i10 and the i20.

The outfit features a compact body shell with neat lines across its profile. The front looks majestic with attractive single chrome grille, while the rear is intelligently shaped up with large bumper and unique tail lamp cluster.

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In contrary, Datsun GO comes with an all fresh appearance that is raised by its front sporty honeycomb grill and smartly designed headlights.

The rear too catches the attention with the company’s badge just below the rear windscreen and a big bulge is created at the rear bottom with large body coloured bumper.

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Maruti Celerio is at present driving the enthusiasts crazy with its breathtaking design. The exteriors feature flowing-back shaped headlamps, large air dam with horizontal bars that merge with the front grille.

At the rear, the car gets impressions of A-star and you can easily spot the tail lights and windscreen, derived from the A-star.

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Interior & Features

The interiors of Hyundai Eon showcase dual tone interiors in beige and brown combination.

The company has loaded it with a set of amazing features like 2 Din audio system with AUX + USB support, child safety rear door lock, engine immobiliser and central locking.

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Maruti Celerio too gets soothing interiors that make it the most in-demand hatchback these days. The beige and brown finish inside this car makes it more adorable from inside.

In addition, this car is loaded with set of exciting features that include - Steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth enabled music system, Power steering and many more.

Even the seats have optimum space to accommodate five occupants comfortably.

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Contrarily, Datsun Go comes mated with fine quality interiors and the cabins offer good space. Even the boot space of 296 litres is a big advantage with Datsun Go.

It has few but good features to impress the customers like electric power steering, front spinal seat, grain interiors, universal mobile docking station with charger, music system with USB + AUX support.

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Engine and Power

This time Eon Magna Plus is powered by a new 1.0 litre Kappa mill that churns top power 68 bhp and maximum torque of 94 Nm.

Added to this, the engine is mated to five speed manual transmission.

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In comparison, the Celerio is powered by 1.0 L, 3-pot K-Next petrol motor that is potent enough to churn 67 bhp and top torque of 90 Nm.

This efficient power-train is mated to either a five speed manual or first in country Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).

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Datsun Go, on the other hand gets 1.2 Litre petrol motor inside its hood, derived from its sibling Nissan Micra.

This efficient mill is capable to produce 67 bhp maximum power and 104 Nm maximum torque.

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Verdict

Three of these hatchbacks come with one or the other X-factor to impress the enthusiasts.

Maruti Celerio is one of the finest hatchbacks from Maruti Suzuki’s stable that comes at a reasonable price tag, has high brand value compared to the other two rivals and gets the first AMT gearbox to avail the occupants with hassle free ride.

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Hyundai on the other hand has been facing a challenge since the Celerio has entered in the market but now with the refined 1.0 L Kappa petrol motor it is looking forward to target the enthusiasts who seek excellent driving experience with decent power and fuel efficiency.

Datsun Go may have to face challenge from both Eon and Celerio as it lacks certain features like Music system, glove box (closed), Rear cabin power windows, etc.

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