Hyundai Eon 800cc will be discontinued by 2020! Here’s why!
The Indian automotive market recently saw a revolutionary push towards BS-IV emission norms that forced two-wheeler manufacturers to offer huge discounts and liquidate their inventories. From April 1, 2017, all vehicles sold in India are compliant with BS-IV emission norms. However, the country will be taking a giant leap forward once again, in the next three years. In 2020, India will adopt stringent BS-VI emission norms, skipping the intermediate BS-V level to come in concurrence with Euro-VI norms.
This will mark the end of many entry-level, low capacity engines. One of these would be the 800 cc block that powers the Hyundai Eon. This engine, which is currently rated at 56 hp, isn’t likely to meet the strict levels of BS-VI norms. Instead of spending money on tweaking an ageing engine, Hyundai will likely be introducing a completely new powertrain for its entry-level models.
Moreover, the fact that the Eon is currently offered with a 1.0-litre engine as well will help the South Korean carmaker to continue selling the Eon in India, despite the discontinuation of the 800 cc block.
However, we must note that the Eon was launched in India in 2011 and is thus nearing an end of its life cycle. As a result, Hyundai might altogether discontinue the Eon nameplate, and instead introduce the Santro to fill in its place. Rumours regarding the re-launch of the Santro nameplate have been revolving around the Internet for a fairly long time and with the discontinuation of the Eon, it might just be the perfect time for Hyundai to take out the rabbit from its hat!