2010 Delhi Auto Expo – Maruti Suzuki Ltd. Rolls Out New MPV, EECO
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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. has recently unveiled the latest MPV in its line up, the Maruti EECO. Built on the Versa platform, the new EECO will be available in three different variants – a 5-seater standard, 5-seater with AC, and a 7-seater standard. Prices for the standard 5-seater EECO will start at Rs. 2,59,000 ($5640), while the 7-seater standard EECO will be available at Rs. 2,75,000 ($5991).
The Maruti EECO will come equipped with a new 1.2L petrol engine that is compliant with India’s Stage IV emissions requirements. The new engine is capable of outputting 73 bhp at 6000 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm.
The EECO comes slightly lower (1800mm) than the other MPV’s from the Maruti staple like the aging Maruti Omni and Versa. The EECO is 3675 mm long, 1475 mm wide, with a wheel base of 2350 mm and a turning radius of a reasonable 4.5 meters. Some of the notable features include sliding driver seats, dual-tone styling, tubeless tyres, and a powerful braking system.
“Maruti Suzuki engineers have specially developed the Eeco, its new powerful engine and a new transmission system to meet the diverse consumer aspirations that look for a vehicle that fit a large family and at the same time provides flexibility for dual use.” Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. MD and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi said.
Maruti also revealed that a concept electric version known as the Eco Charge is also currently being developed by the engineers at Maruti Suzuki Ltd.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. currently has a 54.2% ownership stake by Japanese automakers Suzuki. The company has dominated the Indian car market for nearly 30 years, with one in every two cars sold in India coming with the Maruti Suzuki badge.