Maruti Eeco now gets passenger airbag for the first time

    Maruti has hiked prices for the Eeco by Rs 8,000 for the added safety feature.

    Published On Dec 02, 2021 11:12:00 AM


    Maruti Eeco now gets passenger airbag for the first time

    The Maruti Eeco has received another safety upgrade in the form of a front passenger airbag, which has also resulted in its prices being hiked by Rs 8,000. The Eeco is currently priced from Rs 4.33 lakh-5.68 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.

    • Eeco now available with dual airbags
    • Priced from Rs 4.33 lakh-5.68 lakh

    Maruti Eeco: are there any other changes?

    Aside from the additional airbag, Maruti has not made any other changes to the Eeco. This is the second safety update for the van since 2019, when Maruti first added a driver airbag, rear parking sensors and ABS to the long-running model. The van was also upgraded to meet frontal offset crash regulations.

    The introduction of the passenger airbag means that the Eeco will comply with the more stringent safety norms introduced by the Indian government. The new regulation calls for all cars on sale to come with mandatory dual airbags from next January. This rule had become applicable for all new cars being sold from April.

    The Eeco, otherwise, remains a bare basics van offering seating for up to seven occupants, with little comfort features. Powering the van is Maruti's ageing 73hp, 98Nm, 1.2-litre G12 petrol engine when running on petrol and 63hp and 85Nm when running on CNG. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard.

    Maruti Eeco rivals

    The Eeco has no direct rivals as it is the only van on sale in that price range. Expect Maruti to make similar updates to the rest of its budget car range in the coming weeks. Some of its cars currently offer a passenger airbag as an option, which could be made standard fit in the run up to 2022.

    What do you think of the government's dual airbag regulation impacting budget models? Let us know in the comments below.  

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