Maruti is the biggest car seller of India. The fact behind it being that Maruti has been the pioneer in small segment and small budget cars of India. Maruti had brought in market, Maruti Versa with more seating capacity for the larger families of India. However it did not work as well as other of the Maruti Cars. And then it was replaced by Maruti Eeco. The car was launched in three variants - Maruti Eeco 5 seater, the base model of the segment. It has a seating capacity of 5 passengers, Maruti Eeco 5 seater - AC- packed with an air conditioner and Maruti Eeco 7 seater which is really spacious.
The Maruti Eeco is jam-packed with a 1196cc petrol engine that creates maximum power of 73 Bhp at 6000 rpm with a maximum torque of 101 Nm at 3000 rpm. The performance of the engine is commendable and accelerates to 100 kmph in just 15.7 sec. The top speed that can be maintained is 146kmph. Not only this, the car is said to offer an average of 15.1kmpl. It is provided with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. The gearbox has DSA (Diagonal Shift Assistance) technology which lets noise-free gear change with out any halt in continuity. This improves gear-shifting of the car greatly.
The company has now launched a limited version of this car called the Maruti Eeco Smiles. The edition has largely went through cosmetic changes only and no mechanical changes have been reported. The Maruti Eeco Smiles Price varies through it's variants. The Five seater variant without A/C costs Rs. 3.32 lakh. However the five Seater variant with A/C will cost you a little more that is Rs. 3.63 lakh. The last and the high end variant with seven seater capacity without A/C costs Rs. 3.49 lakh (All prices, ex-showroom, Mumbai). As mentioned above, Maruti Eeco Smiles Features have not changed much except than the cosmetic upgrades. On the outside, the car is embellished with new wheel cover and mud flaps. Inside, the Eeco Smiles limited edition is fabricated with a new double DIN music system with USB port. New dual tone seat covers and new doormats have been added to make the interiors look neater and warmer. The car is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol motor, and also offers a CNG kit option. All of the new features together sum up to a charge of Rs. 9,490. Maruti Eeco Smiles Pictures also exhibit an addition that is new smiley stickers printed to the front and rear of the car.