Maruti Eeco has been among the top 5 selling MVPs in India, and certainly, it has the features to justify the rankings. It is not only a hit in the urban areas but more so in the rural areas. This four-wheeler stays true to the tag of multipurpose, but most people consider it as a commercial purpose vehicle.
Yes, the looks are not as sporty, the front fascia needs changes to look attractive, to say the least. But it can be said that the carmaker traded the looks and design for better performance, along with dominating driving experience.
The other thing that makes it so popular in offbeat towns is its affordability and low maintenance. The easy availability of spare parts for replacing the worn-out parts is quite a known fact. You can check out details about the spare parts in the given link https://boodmo.com/vehicles/maruti-286/eeco-11291/.
The very first thing that you notice about this box on wheels is that it has a simple exterior. It looks like the automaker understood the commercial usefulness of the vehicle and focused more on power and stability. This explains the front fascia which is devoid of flashiness. Yes, the black finish bumpers add a sense of visual appeal. But more than that the front halogen lamps seem to be flaring out, with indicators on the side.
The bonnet seems to have a compressed design that does not compliment the body extending all the way to back. Expecting alloy wheels should be a lot to ask, especially considering the target market. Here, we have steel-based wheels that have a firm grip on the roads.
One the sides, the sliding windows, is a blessing considering the size of the vehicle, and the cramped parking spaces in India. Imagine being stuck in a parking lot as you cannot get the doors open, as it would hit a neighboring car. At the back, the manually operated boot lid works just fine. The boot space will vary depending on the number of seats.
One of the best things about having an MPV is the generous roominess that comes with it. The seats are placed well, so there is enough legroom for an average adult. The driver’s seats can be moved backward for a comfortable driving position. The steering wheel with a Suzuki logo at the center provides a firm grip and is easy to maneuver while taking sharp turns.
The dual color combination of the dashboard somewhat makes up the monotonous aesthetics. The instrument cluster is quite usual, as we see in most of the MVPs. The AC vents on the extreme right and the extreme left ends are designed quite differently when we consider the AC vents in the middle console. Also, the infotainment system is missing, so you need to take that into account. Let it not be a surprise for you. On a side note, you might appreciate the presence of a charging socket during long rides.
As BS-IV compliant engines will be rendered unauthorized after April 2020, so here we have BS-VI compliant 1.2-liter petrol mill. This engine setup churns up a power of 73bhp, along with torque numbers reading up to 110Nm. Now, the five-speed manual gear stick is an ideal addition as it transmits the engine power to the rear wheels without any fuss.
MSIL has also brought a surprise addition to the S-CNG technology-led engines. It gives a mileage of 21.94 km/kg. Going back to the petrol led engine, it provides a mileage of 15.1kmpl on the highway, and the numbers drop as we move to off the blogger roads as it reads 11.8kmpl. Further, it registers a max-speed of 140-146kmph, and it takes 15.6 seconds to cross the hundred barrier mark.
The previous versions of Maruti Eeco were under the radar and received flak for not adequate safety features. With the government making it mandatory for the four-wheelers to have ABS, the latest version of Eeco has ABS and many more safety features.
Also, the addition of standard safety has enhanced the credibility of this four-wheeler. Earlier, it was looked down upon due to missing safety elements. Starting from the rigid external body which absorbs the sting during a crash. Besides, ABS has a driver’s airbag, reverse parking sensor, seat belt reminder for driver and co-driver, High-speed alert, and finally child lock for sliding windows & doors.
The pricing schematics of the four-wheeler quite clearly justify for what it provides and what it misses on. The pricing stands out as it provides value for money when it comes to commercial use.
The price of Maruti Eeco begins with 3.81 lakh and the upper trim pricing reaches up to 4.95 lakh. The breakdown between the pricing of petrol and CNG variants is mentioned below.
Petrol variants – 3.81-4.22 lakh
CNG variant – 4.95 lakh.
To cut the long story short, the all-new Maruti Eeco is a spacious beast that is generously priced. It is going to be liked by the car enthusiast due to its fuel economy and the power it bestows in all kinds of terrain. The new safety features introduced might just be the final piece of the puzzle.