India's largest passenger car maker, MSIL has a lot of splendid vehicles in their stable, among which, Eeco is a spacious MPV. It is available in both petrol and CNG engine options for the buyers to choose from. Among the various trims available, Maruti Eeco 7 Seater Standard is the mid range variant in its petrol engine line up. It is fitted with a 1.2-litre engine that can displace 1196cc. This power plant is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which helps in delivering a healthy mileage. This MPV has the ability to attain a maximum speed in the range of 140 to 146 Kmph, which is quite good for this segment. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 15.6 seconds. This petrol mill has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 73bhp in combination with 101Nm of peak torque output. The front wheels are equipped with ventilated disc, while the rear gets drum brakes. On the other hand, the front and rear axle are assembled with McPherson strut and 3-link rigid type of suspension mechanism respectively. The company is selling this utility vehicle in quite a few exterior paint options, which includes a Metallic Glistening Grey, Silky Silver, Midnight Black, Blue Blaze, Bright Red and Superior White finish option for the buyers to choose from.
This MPV is designed with an overall length of 3675mm along with a total width of 1475mm, which includes external rear view mirrors. It comes with an overall height of 1800mm and a minimum ground clearance of 160mm. It comes with a wheelbase of 2350mm that ensures a spacious cabin inside. It also has a 40 litre fuel tank, which helps in planning longer journeys . To begin with the frontage, it is fitted with a bold radiator grille, which is embossed with a company logo in the center. This grille is flanked by a stylish headlight cluster that is powered by halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Just below this grille, there is a black colored bumper, which is fitted with a wide air dam for cooling the engine. The large windscreen is integrated with a wiper. The side profile is designed with stylish body graphics that gives it a decent look. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted in black color. The neatly carved wheel arches comes with mud flaps (only in front). It is equipped with a sturdy set of 13 inch steel wheels with center caps. These rims are further covered with 155 R13 LT sized tubeless tyres. On the other hand, the rear end is designed with a large windscreen with a high mounted brake light, a black colored bumper and a tail light cluster.
The spacious internal cabin of this Maruti Eeco 7 Seater Standard variant is incorporated with comfortable seats, which are covered with fabric upholstery. These seats provide enough leg space and shoulder room for minimum seven passengers sitting inside . It is bestowed with sun visors with passenger side ticket holder, assist grips for co-driver and rear passengers, front and rear cabin lamps for easy access and many other such aspects. It also has a spacious boot compartment, where we can store ample luggage. The dual tone internal section comes with molded roof lining and floor carpet that gives it a decent appearance. The dashboard is equipped with some features like a glove box, a three spoke steering wheel and a digital display with a few functions.
Engine and Performance:
Under the bonnet, this variant is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol mill, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1196cc. It is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This power plant has the ability to generate a maximum power output of 73bhp at 6000rpm in combination with 101Nm of peak torque at 3000rpm. The company has skilfully mated this motor with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its rear wheels. It is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system that helps in delivering a healthy fuel economy. Under standard driving conditions in the city traffic, this utility vehicle can return close to 11.8 Kmpl, while on the bigger roads, its mileage goes up to 15.1 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
The front axle is fitted with a McPherson strut, while the rear gets a 3-link rigid type of suspension mechanism. On the other hand, its front wheels are assembled with a set of ventilated disc brakes and the rear wheels are equipped with a set of conventional drum brakes as well. It is blessed with a rack and pinion based manual steering system, which makes handling convenient even in heavy traffic conditions. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.5 meters that is quite good for this class.
The car manufacturer has equipped this Maruti Eeco 7 Seater Standard trim with a few standard features like reclining front passenger seat along with sliding driver seat for the convenience, integrated headrests for front row, heater and audio 1-DIN box with cover. The instrument cluster is illuminated in amber color and houses a few functions like a multi-tripmeter, a digital display with fuel level indicator, odometer and low fuel warning light for comfort of the driver. Apart from these, there is also a provision for installing an air conditioning system as well.
The list of protective aspects include headlamp leveling device, child lock for sliding doors and windows, seat belts for all occupants for enhance the safety in case of collision and a centrally located high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety aspects. Apart from these, its rigid body structure comes with side impact beams that protect the occupants sitting inside in case of any crash . The company has also given it a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with the tools requires to change a flat tyre.
1. Spacious interiors with comfortable seating.
2. Affordable price tag is a plus point.
1. Poor ground clearance is a disadvantage.
2. Many more comfort and safety features can be added.