• Oct 15, 2011
Meet the Hyundai Eon, the Korean automaker's new pint-sized econobox for the Indian market. Bloomberg Businessweek says Hyundai expects to sell 140,000-150,000 of the $5,496 hatchbacks in the subcontinent each year. With styling and interior treatments borrowed from higher up in the Hyundai food chain, we wouldn't be surprised.

Powered by an 814-cc 3-cylinder making 55 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque, the 137.6-inch Eon rides on a 93.7-inch wheelbase. That makes it 8 inches shorter than a Mini Cooper hatchback, meaning it's smaller than any four-seater currently sold in the U.S. market. Unsurprisingly, Hyundai is pushing fuel economy and interior roominess as the Eon's key selling points, claiming not only best-in-class fuel economy but that its width and wheelbase are also tops in its segment.

The Eon is designed to compete directly with the Suzuki Maruti currently holds 43 percent of the market, with Hyundai capturing only 20, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.


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      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fluidic design doesnt work especially well with such small dimensions in my opinion :( Suzuki alto is still quite a quirky car and wears its design alot better than this but it still isnt that attractive.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Realize, this has NOTHING to do with that Hyundai, but Autoblog in internet language means that you make one sentence promoting something, then repeating it hundreds of times under a different name, so when you see a comment talking about, "My friend makes 40 dollars an hour on this website", that Autoblogging, funny the website is called Autoblog, actually a bit ironic, thanks for looking, my fellow commenters .
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Talk about a lack of originality. They come up with one design that isn't as much of a ripoff as their other cars, and instantly make it every size you could think of.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Are you talking about like BMW does, with their same sausage, different lengths? Do you feel that no Hyundai should look like another Hyundai? Or is it you who's finally ran out of legitimate ideas of things to bitch about?
        uht
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        That's the point of "design language". Its increases brand cohesiveness. Like Ford's Kinetic, Mazda's.. swoopy-ness, BMWs... thing. That's the point. It's not a bad thing.. it's a good thing. The car looks great. Great work Hyundai.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        There's a difference between a family design language and having one design. I don't like the BMW 7-series design, but the 5 is handsome and the new 3 bares a strong resemblance to it, although the front is very identifiably different. Family design is what Ford does with the kinetic design language. Similar shapes, but each design is its own piece.
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Exactly what chevy does. Same stupid nose on EVERYTHING.
      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably the best looking micro car in its class for the indian market. This car will never come to the U.S. As cars this size dont sell well here and americans love larger safer cars, especially suv's.
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        They would sell a TON of them at $5496. This is exactly what this country has needed forever. An extra car for a small family just so someone can get to work or run an errand.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        Well, I'm not sure how Fiat 500 sells these days (I'm a part of the crowd you refer to), but if it could I do not see why Hyundai can not do that with a lower price tag. I believe Hyundai's dealer network is better than the Fiat.
          Gmetal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ZOZ
          I would not compare this to the 500 at all. The 500 is a more trendy slightly premium orrientated city car, atleast where i live in Australia, as it is more expensive than cars far more practical than it. This hyundai is budget orrientated, so wouldnt compete with that.
      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks cute.
      ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      God can u imagine having a fast car, like mustangeor a g37, i know those arnt super fast cars but being on road with cars like this would make driving suck.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryan
        India's so crowded that the roads are slow no matter what any car has under the hood, so even if everyone had a Veyron, you'd still be poking along most of the time or either live in a rural area so poor you couldn't afford such a thing or if you could would be too embarrassed to be seen in it.
          stclair5211
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          And all that is coming to America. Hope and change my friends. Let's all sing in front of the MLK memorial shall we? Vote for me please???
      • 3 Years Ago
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        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        I work on the internet too, but I made $13,002,845 in my last month, so shove it. I'm the 1% you hear about in the news these days.
        p4R4d0x
        • 3 Years Ago
        $8008? Ahh, if only that post was upside down on a calculator..
      Hossi Blumengaarten
      • 3 Years Ago
      just got to say that my girlfriend is from India and she is really light skinned like the people on the picture dark skinned indians are treated pretty bad in some places( gf family is freaking indian kkk) drove a tata nano and that is a giant go kart, I hope this Eon does good
        Ali Rafsan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hossi Blumengaarten
        Whats your point? I am from South Asia and our family are very light. My brother sort of gets mistaken for Greek and my dad looks like Johannes Brahms in the picture with his long beard. If you go to Pakistan (especially in the North and West) you will find many people there have very Nordic features while many others look Eastern European. The people in the above picture are light but still look Indian. Anyway, skin colour and 'race' is not important. All humans are are closely related to each other. I have studied anthropology and genetics and know this well. This is an auto blog, for goodness sake, so no need to bring this stupid talk of colour.
          stclair5211
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ali Rafsan
          I find it amazing what gets thumbs up and what gets voted down on autoblog. No reason for this to be -2. People are allowed to have opinions. Yes liberals, even ones that differ from yours. That's called TOLERANCE. You know the thing you guys think you own.
          Ali Rafsan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ali Rafsan
          Just like to add, I do agree with him (Hossi Blumengaarten) about how lighter skinned Indians treat darker skinned Indians very badly. I don't know if the economic progress in the country has improved things, but there are horrible stories around about such abuse. Anyway, that's all you'll hear from me on this. I didn't mean any disrespect or offence to anyone with my comments. Thanks again
          Ali Rafsan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ali Rafsan
          stclair5211, Yes, I am not really sure what prompted him (Hossi Blumengaarten) to mention that his girlfriend was light skinned. At first I thought he was replying to someone else's comment, but I went through the comments and there was no mention of this. I don't see what relevance this has to this blog about a car. Anyway, as for my assertion that there are people in Pakistan in the Northern and Western regions can look Nordic or Eastern European, is indeed true. Maybe not many, but definitely some. These people are mostly however Pashtun who are in fact Afghan (Afghanistan) in origin. Just so you don't think I am making this up. Here are some Pashtun children http://www.matthewleeming.com/images/blondred.jpg Anyway, enough about this. This is an auto blog and lets stick to that. Thanks!
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those roads in India are crowded and dangerous if they all are like what I observed on Ice Road Truckers. Other than the mechanical aspect of a new car not breaking down, I would never buy new if I lived there.
        Tarantula
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        Yes the roads are crowded and idiots drive cars in an idiotic manner just like idiots in other parts of the world. My point is that every place has worse drivers and starting stupid rumors like elephants in the traffic jam are ridiculous. People spread ignorance instead of information and being from India, this just makes me rub my forehead. A bunch of stupid people (car worshippers and bad drivers) don’t represent a whole country, people!
        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        I just got back from India last week and it is exactly like on IRT. There are literally no rules there. We were stuck in traffic on a freeway, right next to a guy on an elephant. I am not kidding in the least. It is no wonder half the country is trying to get to the U.S. I travel internationally a lot, and that is the first time I said I would never come back to a place I have visited.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
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        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        Well, many Indians worship their cars in a worshipping ceremony so apparently if you buy used you're buying a "pre-worshipped" car and some people don't like that. Just found it interesting that they like to say pre-worshipped instead of pre-owned: http://www.google.com/search?gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=%22pre-worshipped%22
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      The good part of this car is that it gets 50mpg, I guess if you live in a country like india where everyone drives micro cars then its not so bad. I would be hate to drive this on american freeways, guess thats why the fiat 500 and smart car don't sell so good in the U.S.
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