Nissan India is planning to launch the Evalia MPV during August 2012. The Evalia was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo last month. The Evalia will take on the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo.
The Evalia has pretty tame looks with a short bonnet, conventional front doors and sliding rear doors. The angular front lamps and large glass area help break the monotony in an otherwise boxy design.
The side profile reveals its sliding doors, which would help for easy ingress and egress. The rear too has a practically designed, wide opening boot door. The tail lamps are set a tad low than usual. The boxy design will be handy when manoeuvring through narrow gaps in city traffic or parking in tight spaces.
The Evalia’s main USP is the passenger space—it is 4.4 metres long, 1.88 metres high and 1.69 metres wide and has rather long 2.73m wheelbase, which is 95mm more than Nissan’s X-trail SUV. Hence, it will seat 7 people comfortably.
The Evalia is likely to be powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine with either 85 bhp of power or 108 bhp of power. The same engine already powers the Nissan Sunny sedan. Fuel efficiency may be in the range of 13 – 18 kmpl.
The Evalia is expected to be priced starting at Rs. 8 lakh. At present, the Mahindra Xylo is available in the price range of Rs. 7.35 lakh – 10.25 lakh while the Toyota Innova is priced in the range of Rs. 8.87 lakh – 13.17 lakh.
Nissan is currently producing diesel engines for the Micra and Sunny, partly with imported components and partly with locally procured components. The company is working on higher localisation of the diesel engine. Localization will help Nissan reduce its production costs and help the company price its cars competitively in the market.
(Source: Mydigitalfc.com )