Maruti Suzuki Eeco Review & First Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Eeco Overview

Maruti Suzuki successfully forayed in the MPV segment with their first launch, Omni, in 1985, followed by another launch, Versa, in 2001, with the vision of occupying the family vehicle segment in India. Omni became an instant hit, where as Versa turned out to be a flop show due to its tacky design. Maruti Suzuki Eeco Overview. Check car loan for Maruti Eeco.

Versa was discontinued and a redesigned, low cost version, Eeco was launched to suit the needs of lower Indian middle-class families with 5-seater and 7-seater options. The 7-seater is available in just one basic variant and the 5-seater is available in four variants – basic five-seater, five-seater with A/C and heater, five-seater with heater and CNG, and five-seater with A/C, heater and CNG. Launched in a wide range of six different colours – superior white, bright red, metallic blue blaze, metallic glistening grey, metallic midnight black and metallic silky silver, it is available in petrol and CNG versions for cost-conscious buyers. The CNG 5-Seater AC makes it an ideal choice for large families, car pooling and mini-taxi, and assures comfort and easy drivability. It comes with 2 years or 40,000 km manufacturer warranty.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Look & Style

Maruti Suzuki says that the Eeco is specifically designed to suit Indian families and also the road conditions in the country. The Maruti Suzuki Eeco does not look very different compared to its predecessor, the Versa. The only addition, the new body graphics on the sides is what makes it look a little more attractive than the Versa. The sliding doors make the ingress and egress easy for the middle row passengers. It is a very handy feature in congested areas and tight parking spots where the door cannot be opened completely. The interiors get a familiar two-tone Maruti treatment in shades of beige and grey with artificial leather seat upholstery. The car provides ample leg room and head room essential for an MPV.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Cabin & Space

The front seats get an integrated headrest. Moving over to the instrument panel, the digital meter cluster gets illuminated with amber light. Maruti has positioned this MPV as a basic utilitarian – even the music player is not part of the standard feature’s list. The Eeco also misses out on all the safety features due to pricing. The vehicle comes with two years or 40,000km manufacturer warranty.

The Eeco comes in five-seater and seven-seater options. The seven seater is available in only one basic variant, whereas the five-seater is available in four variants – basic five-seater, five-seater with A/C plus heater, five-seater with heater and CNG, five-seater with A/C plus heater and the CNG. The Eeco is sold in six different colours in India namely Superior White, Metallic Midnight Black, Metallic Silky Silver, Bright Red, Metallic Blue Blaze and Metallic Glistening Grey.

The Eeco is a big car capable of moving not just people but ample amount of luggage. It has no direct competition neither in dimensions or price. The Eeco is a perfect example of India’s value-for-money approach, we just hope Maruti improves on the refinement levels and adds a few basic safety features. For more details on Maruti Suzuki Eeco visit Kazembassy

Basic comfort is what would appear initially in your mind and you won’t be wrong as the interiors carry the same no frills design as the car’s exteriors. A decent dashboard with A/C controls and vents are in the limelight on the center console along with a humble yet useful speedo that tells you how fast you’re going. However, the steering appears to be a bit dull. The plastics are of good quality with a fair feel. The interiors don’t give the rich feel of wood or leather, but don’t appear to be cheap either. Cabin space has been utilized in such a way that it makes the EECO a car with loads of headroom, legroom and boot space. Another thing that the EECO offers is excellent comfort which makes it an ideal car for long journeys or for ferrying goods.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Engine & Performance

All the variants of the Eeco are powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine which gives a power output of 73bhp at 6,000rpm and a torque of 101Nm. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with Diagonal Shift Assistance (DSA) that powers the rear wheels. The engine is positioned in the middle, which improve the dynamics of the car. The 1196cc engine boasts of many technologies like engine management system which enhances performance as well as fuel efficiency. The ARAI fuel efficiency figures are 15.1 kmpl for petrol and about 20 kmpl for CNG. Keeping in mind the condition of roads in India the Eeco gets equipped with a fully tuned McPherson-strut suspension on the front and a three-link rigid suspension at the rear.

It has a 1.2-litre G-Series engine which is a brand new motor from Maruti. The 1200cc mill develops 75PS of power and 101Nm of torque. This is transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox with Diagonal Shift Assist, which the manufacturer claims makes the shifts smoother. Power delivery is quite smooth and the engine is capable of pulling the car nicely even at low speeds in the fifth gear. However, when you have to tackle an incline you need to rev the car a bit more just to keep the momentum going. The EECO doesn’t feature a power steering, however, the conventional rack and pinion unit is quite smooth and doesn’t feel heavy at all.

Maruti Eeco is available in the petrol version only, and the ARAI-certified fuel efficiency provides a delightful mileage of 15.1 km/l for petrol and about 20 km/l for CNG.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Ride & Handling

Though equipped with manual steering, it still ensures smooth ride but due to short wheelbase, even the slightest jerks are felt in the cabin, especially on the rear seats.For the first time, a Maruti Suzuki vehicle has been introduced with DSA (Diagonal Shift Assistance) for smoother gear shifting and the front is supported by McPherson strut suspension with dual rate coil springs for superior handling and efficient driving.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Braking & Safety

Eeco lacks safety features with no airbags or middle and rear three-point seat belts. The car is prone to thefts as there is no central locking, anti-lock braking system and brake assist. However, the braking system scores points with the installation of ventilation disc along with the brake drum at the rear end, which provides immense power to stop the car even if it’s moving at higher speed.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Cost in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Eeco On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 3,96,436 to 5,10,385 for variants Eeco 5 Seater and Eeco 5 Seater AC CNG respectively. Maruti Suzuki Eeco is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Eeco variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Maruti Eeco price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Round Up

The country’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki will soon introduce the updated Eeco with mandatory safety features ahead of the October 2019 deadline. As seen in spy images, the 2019 Eeco MPV will get standard safety features in the form of a driver side airbag, ABS, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder and high-speed warning system. Changes will be limited to safety feature upgrades, while mechanically and visually the vehicle does not get any new changes.

Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Eeco will continue to be powered by a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 73bhp at 6,000rpm and 101Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. The seven-seat variant of the Eeco MPV is also offered with a CNG option. Reports indicate that the vehicle might be re-engineered in the future to pass the full-frontal impact, frontal offset and side impact crash tests.

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