Maruti-Suzuki Eeco

The Maruti Suzuki Eeco was launched in India in 2010 and the Eeco is basically a mildly changed and facelifted version of the Versa which has now been discontinued. The Eeco comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and there is also a CNG variant. You have an option to buy a 5 seater or a 7 seater. The Eeco’s strength is its pricing and space.

2010 Maruti-Suzuki Eeco

Maruti Suzuki the iconic automobile manufacturing brand of India introduced the Eeco utility vehicle which was priced under 4 lakhs , it had a spacious interior and a seating capacity of 7 adults inside and also has a fuel efficient engine. The exterior may not attract everyone but this vehicle is a no sense, it had lots of practicality in its design and is ideal for a big family. The Eeco is the modern avatar of the Versa that was introduced way back by Maruti Suzuki. The Eeco will be handy for those who do not have a big budget but has a big family. Recently Maruti Suzuki launched a limited edition of the vehicle in the Indian market to attract the attention of the people.

The Eeco has a 1.2 litre 1196 cc engine, which generates 73 bhp of maximum power at 6000 rpm and 101 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm, the engine has been mated with a 5 speed gearbox. Maruti was able to keep the pricing of the Eeco well within the reach of people because it has got the advantage from Government in terms of tax, because it is counted in the category of small car. Let’s get to know some more details about the vehicle.

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Design and interiors

The overall length of the car will give a clear idea about the interior space in the vehicle, the exterior of the vehicle is not that attractive like any other vehicles but still keeping the price point and the practicality and the amount of space provided inside the vehicle this vehicle is still a winner. The Eeco almost looks like the old Versa with few minor changes in its exterior, the front of the Eeco now has a stylish set of headlamps with integrated side turn indicators, the front grille looks pretty simple with the Suzuki logo placed in the middle. Both the lower front bumper and rear bumper are body colored and make the front and rear look stylish. Take a look at the side profile of the van and you will notice that that the Eeco is box shaped but the doors at the side are quite wide and thus it makes entering and exiting the vehicle really easy. There is no special feature that will attract the attention except the sporty looking stickers at the side. The door handles and the rear view mirrors are not body colored because Maruti Suzuki wanted to make this vehicle cost effective. Now coming to the rear of the vehicle the Eeco has a tall stance and the rear windscreen is also huge and thus backing up the van is really easy. The rear also has tall vertical tail lamps with built in side turn indicators just like its front.

Overall there has been certain welcome change in the Eeco’s exterior, the car looks sporty with the addition of new head and tail lamps along with the sporty graphics. The only disadvantage of this vehicle are the tiny 13 inch rims, the wheels looks quite tiny in comparison to the overall size of the vehicle.

The overall dimension of the vehicle has been provided below:

OVERALL LENGTH 3675mm
OVERALL WIDTH 1475mm
OVERALL HEIGHT 1800 mm

Once one steps inside the vehicle the person will be greeted by simple and average looking instruments and interior. The grey dashboard looks similar to that of Maruti Suzuki Alto and houses a Air condition which provides descent cooling in the interior, the steering wheel is quite large and placed in a good position and well within the reach of the driver. The instrument cluster houses the analogue speedometer along with a digital fuel gauge beside regular warning lamps. The front seats of the Eeco are quite comfortable and the seating position of the driver is also high and the person has a good view of the front. Both the leg and head room at the front is sufficient for both the passengers. Coming to the rear seats and the seating position, the seats may not be comfortable, neither it offers well under thigh support still the passengers may not complain about the amount of leg nor head room that is available at the rear, the huge windows makes the cabin airy. There is plenty of boot space at the rear though.

In brief the Eeco may not offer utmost luxury inside the vehicle nether it has any premium feature like power steering, power windows or boot or fuel release buttons inside the vehicle but it offers lots of space inside the vehicle. Recently Maruti Suzuki launched a limited edition Eeco and christened it as Smiles the following features are available in the new vehicle:
- New wheel covers
- Mud flaps
- Smiles decals on the side of the vehicle
- Two tone seat covers
- New doormats
- A double DIN music system with USB compatibility.

Engine and performance

The Eeco is powered by a 1.2 litre 1196 cc engine, which generates 73 bhp of maximum power at 6000 rpm and 101 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm, the engine has been mated with a 5 speed gearbox. The gearbox is quite responsive and the gear ratios are short.

The engine is also quite responsive and previously the Versa used to have a 1.3 litre engine. The high-pressure-injection system which has been included in the Eeco comes with optimized injectors which have resulted in better atomization resulting in low emissions and fuel consumption.

Ride and handling

The ride quality is also average in the Eeco, The Eeco uses McPherson Strut type at the front and 3 linked rigid type suspension setup at the rear, the suspension setup works well in the vehicle and manages the Indian potholes with ease. The engine is placed at the front and thus making the front heavy which can cause some problems in cornering the vehicle, but this new Eeco does not feels top heavy like the Versa, although the puny wheels may cause bit of a problem. The Eeco uses ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear which is quite efficient in bringing the vehicle to a halt. The4 Eeco has a small turning radius of 4.5 metres which makes the vehicle ideal for urban roads.

Safety features

The Maruti Suzuki Eeco may not have airbags or advanced safety features that you can find in premium car’s but the safety features which are available in the Maruti Suzuki Eeco has been provided below:
- Headlamp leveling
- Side impact beams
- Child locks for sliding doors and windows
- Seat belts for all the seats
- High mount stop lamp at the rear

Pricing

The prices for different variant for the Eeco have been provided below:

- Maruti Eeco 5 Seater Standard Rs. 3,05,675 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- Maruti Eeco 7 Seater Standard Rs. 3,22,720 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- Maruti Eeco 5 Seater AC Rs. 3,35,719 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- Maruti Eeco CNG HTR 5 STR Rs. 3,72,242 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- Maruti Eeco CNG 5 Seater AC Rs. 4,08,464 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- Maruti Eeco Flexi Green Rs. 4,10,893 (Ex showroom Delhi)
- Maruti Eeco Smiles 5 Seater Rs. 3,32,000 (Ex showroom Delhi)

The Eeco has both the option of a petrol and CNG version for its vehicles.

Competition

The Eeco is a very cheap and affordable MUV from Maruti Suzuki and the price range starts from 3.o5 lakh onwards thus there is absolutely no competition from any other vehicles except the Tata Venture

Tata venture

The Tata Venture is powered by a a 1.4 ltr Turbo Diesel 1405 cc engine with Intercooler which generates 71 PS of maximum power at 4500 rpm and 135 Nm if torque at 2500 rpm. There is plenty of space and inside the vehicle and Tata has provided all the comfort and luxury inside the vehicle. The prices for the Venture start at Rs. 4, 56,715(Ex showroom Delhi) for its base variant.

Conclusion

The Maruti Suzuki Eeco is one of the most affordable C segment utility vehicles that you will find in the Indian market today, the vehicle may not provide all the comfort and luxury but keeping the price point in mind it is surely an interesting package. The Eeco is also available in CNG variant which is also adds to its advantage. This vehicle is ideal for those with a big family.

Quotes

“In the end, if what you need is a basic, roomy seven-seater that is cheap to buy, easy to drive and simple to park, the Eeco is the one for you. If not, there certainly are better cars.”—Autocar India

“MSIL’s Eeco is a multipurpose van. The shoebox design, large proportions and 8 seater capability at the price of a small hatch have made it an instant success. The vehicle itself is very basic in terms of features and apart from air conditioning the Eeco doesn’t boast of much more. Powering it is a 1.2 liter petrol engine that promises a healthy fuel economy and enough grunt to get around town or cruise on the highway. Don’t expect it to set any speed records”—Zigwheels
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Press Release

Maruti Suzuki, the country’s number one automobile manufacturer, has launched Eeco, an all-new spacious family car.

The Maruti Suzuki Eeco is a five-door, C segment vehicle, which has been specifically designed for India by the auto-major.

Eeco comes with a new, powerful and highly fuel efficient 1200 cc engine. This new engine delivers 73 bhp of raw power @6000rpm, a high torque of 101Nm@3000rpm specifically designed to meet the Indian driving conditions.

The Eeco comes with a flexi design, offering 7-Seater and 5-seater options. It also offers air-conditioning.

On the occasion, Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki said, “Eeco performs the twin objectives of being a spacious family car and a dependable vehicle to run businesses. Maruti Suzuki engineers have especially developed the Eeco, its new powerful engine, and a new transmission system to meet the diverse consumer aspirations that look for a vehicle that fits a large family and at the same time provides flexibility for dual use. Towards this objective, Eeco will be a new powerful attraction.”

Maruti Suzuki is spearheading the adoption of more stringent BSIV norms and Eeco is the fourth model to meet these norms well ahead of the April 2010 deadline.

In line with the Maruti Suzuki philosophy of making its range of vehicles environment friendly, Eeco is yet another offering from Maruti Suzuki stable which is ELV compliant.

Styling: Exterior and Interior

The Eeco is designed to meet the functional needs of its owner – be it personal such as an outing with family or for business.

Its exterior continues the long standing Maruti Suzuki tradition of combining functional design with spacious volume. Trendy and contemporary body graphics adorn the sides of car giving it an appealing look. With balanced proportions, the 155/R13LT sized tubeless tyres add to the smooth, yet powerful drive with a good grip on the road.

The dual tone interiors in shades of beige and grey provide a rich and spacious feeling. The seats have been especially designed with integrated head-rest to make for a comfortable ride. The digital meter cluster adds to the driver convenience as well as a sophisticated feel.

Stance and Space

The overall dimensions make the vehicle spacious and stable. The proportions lend an outstanding ergonomic layout with ample legroom and headroom at the front and rear for passengers apart from providing a comfortable driving position. The presence of sliding doors offers eases entry and exit for passengers even in congested road conditions.

Safety

The Eeco platform complies with all safety norms prevailing in the country. The turning radius of 4.5 metres with suspension system, tuned specifically for Indian road conditions, offers superior riding comfort, stability and handling.

Superior 1200 cc petrol engine

Eeco has a powerful new four-cylinder 1200cc engine, which has been conceived and designed at Maruti Suzuki. The concept given to the engine designers was to deliver the best fuel efficiency and at the same time, make it more driver-friendly.

Maruti Suzuki engineers worked on incorporating the latest technologies for making this engine deliver the best fuel efficiency in its class, while meeting the driveability requirements of the Indian consumer.

The engine management system incorporated in the vehicle is the latest from Maruti Suzuki. A high-pressure-injection system with optimized injectors has resulted in better atomization resulting in low emissions and fuel consumption.

A high compression ratio was chosen for this engine to improve the Combustion efficiency. At the same time, engineers incorporated a knock sensor to protect the engine

in case of any fuel variations. This combination also helped in improving the low end torque response from the engine making it more drivable in low-speed city traffic conditions. Intake and exhaust systems were optimized for proper breathing and hence smoother power delivery across the full rpm range.

Maruti Suzuki engineers also worked on the friction development of the engine to improve fuel consumption. The engine features low friction design pistons and rings, low viscous engine oil, which makes it possible for this 1.2 litre engine to churn out a maximum power of 73 bhp and a maximum torque of 101 Nm and at the same time delivering a superior fuel-economy of 15.1kmpl, while meeting BSIV Emission norms.

Superior power train with DSA technology

The Eeco uses the 5-speed manual transmission system with the Diagonal Shift Assistance (DSA) technology, which has been extensively worked on to match the new engine to provide better fuel consumption. This DSA technology leads to an improved and gliding diagonal gear shift. The system eases diagonal motion and allows for a gear change without any break in continuity of the action, thereby improving the gear shift feeling.

Environment friendly

The Eeco is ELV (End of Life for Vehicles) compliant which means it uses Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Chromium within permissible limits. All four of these substances can cause irreparable damage to the environment if used indiscriminately. The ELV regulations are yet to be adapted by the Indian automobile industry. In addition, the BS IV compliant, environment friendly engine makes the Eeco truly India’s first Green Car among C segment vehicles

Specially Designed for India

Having been specially designed for India, the Eeco has a superior suspension which allows for a smooth and comfortable ride on rough Indian roads. All seats, front, middle or rear are equally convenient to access and individually designed to be comfortable. Eeco is available with air-conditioning option to combat the extreme climates in the country.

These features make Eeco the most suitable vehicle for large Indian families that want a vehicle for both – work and family outings and fun together.

A team of engineers worked on Eeco for over two years when it was subjected to various rigorous R&D tests regarding safety, stability, transmission system, engine system durability and calibration, Fuel compatibility, passenger comfort among others.

Eeco represents the growing expertise of Maruti Suzuki engineers to conceive, design and produce vehicles in India. This is also in line with parent Suzuki Motor Corporation’s vision of turning India into a global hub for small car design.

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Maruti Suzuki the iconic automobile manufacturing brand of India introduced the Eeco utility vehicle which was priced under 4 lakhs , it had a spacious interior and a seating capacity of 7 adults inside and also has a fuel efficient engine. The exterior may not attract everyone but this vehicle is a no sense, it had lots of practicality in its design and is ideal for a big family. The Eeco is the modern avatar of the Versa that was introduced way back by Maruti Suzuki. The Eeco will be handy for those who do not have a big budget but has a big family. Recently Maruti Suzuki launched a limited edition of the vehicle in the Indian market to attract the attention of the people.

The Eeco has a 1.2 litre 1196 cc engine, which generates 73 bhp of maximum power at 6000 rpm and 101 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm, the engine has been mated with a 5 speed gearbox. Maruti was able to keep the pricing of the Eeco well within the reach of people because it has got the advantage from Government in terms of tax, because it is counted in the category of small car. Let’s get to know some more details about the vehicle.

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2010 Maruti-Suzuki Eeco

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