Nissan unveiled the Indian-made Evalia multi-purpose vehicle at the Auto Expo 2012 and is likely to launch it in the second half the year.
Evalia has rather functional looks with a short bonnet, conventional front doors and sliding rear ones. The angular front lamps and large glass area help break the monotony in an otherwise boxy design.
The would-be Toyota Innova competitor’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. It will seat 7 people comfortably.
The middle row seating three in the Evalia would be a bench while the first and second rows will have individual seats. The rear seats can be folded to increase luggage space. Dash mounted gear lever will free-up space in the front row.
All variants should come with power steering, reverse camera and an intelligent key.
Evalia will be powered by 1.5 dCI diesel engine is expected to produce 85 or 104 bhp.
We expect Nissan to launch it in the price range of Rs. 9-Rs. 12 lakh.
If build quality is as good as the Innova, and pricing lower, then there is a good chance that the Evalia can be quite competitive against the Innova.