Maruti Suzuki has given its venerable Eeco people mover a major safety upgrade. The move comes in the run up to the implementation of new norms that mandate the fitment of certain safety equipment for a car to be eligible for sale. In compliance with the norms, the Eeco has received a driver airbag, ABS and rear parking sensors. All versions of the Maruti Suzuki Eeco will also feature a driver and front passenger seatbelt reminder as well as a speed alert system that alerts the driver by means of a series of beeps when speeds exceed 80kph.
Safety upgrades aside, the Maruti Suzuki Eeco does not get any mechanical or cosmetic changes.
Modern day essentials such as power steering have been given a miss too underlining the Eeco's budget and utilitarian positioning. The people mover is available with Suzuki's long standing G12B 1.2-litre petrol engine that's mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Maruti Suzuki Eeco is available in five and seven seat forms and can also be had with a factory-fitted CNG kit. Maruti also sells the Eeco as Tour V that is equipped with features like a speed governor etc, tailored for fleet and cab operators.
The addition of the aforementioned safety features has bumped up the price for the budget people mover by around Rs 400 to Rs 23,000 depending on the variant.