Even as the Honda Mobilio MPV is just around the corner, Nissan is about to take yet another stab at the Indian MPV segment with the 2014 edition of the Evalia. The 2014 Evalia, which was first showcased during the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, has reached Nissan dealerships and a launch is just around the corner. The Japanese diesel MPV, with a monocoque body shell and a front wheel drive layout, is aimed squarely at the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the upcoming Honda Mobilio.
In its umpteenth facelift, the Evalia gets new cosmetic bits such as a new front grille, a dollop of chrome at the rear by means of a chrome strip on the hatch lid and a faux wood finish for the center console. These cosmetic bits are in addition to the customer feedback oriented changes that Nissan made to the Evalia last September. While there’s only so much that you can do to make a duck look like a swan, we have to admit that Nissan is doing its darnedest to ensure that considering an Evalia becomes a little more interesting than say, watching paint dry.
The Evalia retains the tried and tested 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K9K turbo diesel engine, whose peak outputs are rated at 84 Bhp and 200 Nm. The motor’s strong suits are its terrific drivability and fuel efficiency. Torque transmission duties are handled by means of a 5 speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels. The Evalia is a seven seat MPV that gets features such as a roof mounted AC vents, ABS+EBD, 2-DIN stereo, sliding windows for the middle rows and captain seats for the front and middle rows.
Nissan also builds a low cost sibling of the Evalia in the form of the Ashok Leyland Stile. The Stile comes with a lower price tag and a detuned 1.5 liter K9K diesel engine. While the Evalia is aimed at personal MPV buyers, the Stile guns for the cab operator market. Globally, Nissan has just begun production the electric variant of the Evalia, known as the e-NV200, at its Barcelona factory. Perhaps, it is time for the Japanese car maker to launch a new experiment with the Evalia Electric, especially at a time when government sops on electric cars could hit the 25 % mark.
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