Premier Automobiles has denied that it is planning to launch the Zotye Multiplan Langyue 6-seater MUV for the Indian market, after a report surfaced that the Multiplan MUV may be launched by the company. The Multiplan MUV was apparently spotted in Premier’s manufacturing facility in Maharashtra and was presumed to be undergoing tests in India.
It’s a pity that the company is only researching this vehicle and not planning to launch it, because despite its quirky design, the Multiplan can serve a need in the Indian market – that of a spacious MPV for personal use. Take a look at the Multiplan Langyue, and then tell us what you think of it.
The Zotye Multiplan Langyue is actually based on the Fiat Multipla as Zotye had the rights to manufacture this Fiat model for the Chinese market and it went on sale in December 2008. It has to be noted that the Rio is also based on the Zotye Nomad.
The Multiplan looks outright quirky but is functional. The front profile has wrap around headlamps, a conventionally designed radiator grille and large air scoops on the lower side of the bumper. The car’s side profile reveals the oversized windows and a funky outside rear view mirror.
The D-pillar is very thin for better reverse parking visibility. At the rear, the Multiplan has small wraparound taillamps that mildly resemble that of the Skoda Fabia. The boot door has a low loading lip design and the rest of the rear styling is quite bland.
Space and comfort
The Multiplan measures 4,080 mm in length, 1,871 mm in width and 1,670 mm in height. The Multiplan is wider than a Toyota Fortuner (1,840 mm) to accommodate three passengers in a single row. In fact, even the wide body car, Mahindra Verito (1,740 mm) can’t compete with the Multiplan when it comes to width of the body.
The interiors of the Multiplan have two rows with three seats integrated headrests in each row. This makes the Multiplan a genuine six seater. The middle seat in the front row can be folded down to make the Multiplan a five seater as well.
In order to offer maximum legroom to the front row middle passenger, the sophisticated dashboard design also features an integrated gear lever. The luggage space is about 430 litres which is pretty decent for a six seater compact MUV.
In the Chinese market, the Multiplan is offered with safety features such as airbags, ABS with EBD, and comfort features such as integrated music system, electric outside mirrors, power windows, keyless entry and automatic climate control.
Who needs it?
If Premier were to launch this kind of vehicle in India in a price range of Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh, the Mutilplan can target sedan buyers and compact MPV buyers. The Multiplan MUV may click among buyers looking for a genuine six seater. If Premier were to use the Fiat-sourced Multijet diesel engine in this vehicle, it would be quite fuel efficient as well. The compact MUV segment is growing (by about 57% according to industry reports). The success of the Maruti Ertiga is proof that there is demand in the current market. Chevrolet plans to launch the Enjoy to fight the Ertiga – so a Multiplan could shake things up a little. Premier, are you listening? Do it.
News source: Gaadi.com