CarToq sources – Updated Nissan Evalia MPV next in launch queue

The dud-selling Evalia MPV is one of the most updated products in the Indian MPV segment as Nissan is trying hard to make the required changes for the Evalia to gain sales traction. The updated version of the Evalia, which was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, is launch ready.

The MPV will be launched in India shortly, with Nissan sources indicating to CarToq that the updated Evalia will be here in the next few weeks, close on the heels of the facelifted Sunny. The Evalia will get minor changes such as a facelifted front end with a new grille and a perked up rear with a chrome garnish on the hatch lid.

On the inside, the updated Evalia will get a faux wood finish for the center console, which is aimed at breaking the monotony of the dashboard and giving the Evalia a modicum of premium-ness. These changes are aimed at making the Evalia more appealing to personal MPV buyers.

Late last year, the Evalia received changes based on buyer feedback. Sliding euro windows on the middle row, sliding/reclining captain seats in the middle row, 15-inch alloy wheels in the top end XV variant, USB connectivity. rear wiper, rear defogger, anti-glare internal rearview mirror, front row assist grip and glove box lid add a dealer fitted roof mounted 2nd row AC blower were the slew of changes made. However, the changes did little to boost sales of the MPV, which has never really managed to gain traction ever since its October 2012 launch.

The Evalia is sold in diesel-only guise, with its engine being the tried and tested, 1.5 liter K9K motor with a 85 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune. The engine is known for its good tractability and fuel efficiency. The gearbox on the Evalia is a five speed unit that drives the front wheels. The gear shifter is positioned on the dashboard.

The monocoque bodied, 7 seat Evalia MPV does have its strengths. A car-like drive, a fuel efficient diesel engine and versatile interiors with sliding doors are few of the MPVs strengths. The Evalia also has a cut-price cousin in the form of the Ashok Leyland Stile, which also features a detuned version of the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine.