Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday launched its brand new multi-purpose vehicle ‘Eeco’ that has been specifically designed for India. The spacious ‘family car’ comes with a flexi design, offering 7-seater and 5-seater options, and is priced between Rs. 2.59-lakh and Rs. 2.89-lakh, a move that could trigger price war in the entry-level segment.

The car comes with a new 1200cc petrol engine that promises 73 bhp power and 15.1 km a litre of fuel efficiency, while meeting Bharat Stage-IV emission norms. “Our engineers have specially developed the Eeco with 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,” Managing Director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi said after unveiling the new car at the 10th auto expo here.

Mr. Nakanishi said the new car had a superior suspension that allowed for a smooth and comfortable ride on rough Indian roads. Stating that the company had invested Rs. 60 crore in developing the new car, he said their team of engineers worked on the car for over two years, subjecting it to various rigorous tests regarding safety, stability, durability and passenger comfort.

“Eeco represents the growing expertise of Maruti Suzuki engineers to develop vehicles in India which is also in line with parent Suzuki Motor Corporation’s vision of turning India into a global hub for small car design,” he added.

Maruti is also planning to unveil a concept electric version of the new vehicle, Eeco Charge that will be showcased during the Commonwealth Games later this year. The company has, however, ruled out introduction of diesel or alternative fuel variant of Eeco in near future, neither it is going to phase out its another MUV, Versa.

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