Nissan India is trying every trick in the book to make the slow-selling Evalia more appealing to MPV buyers in India. The latest move from Nissan is the addition of a new, top end variant to the Evalia MPV line up. The new variant is dubbed the Special, and gets all the features of the V(O) variant along with revised cosmetics.
The makeover to the Evalia MPV’s Special variant includes minor stylistic changes to the front and the rear of the MPV. A chrome grille, redesigned bumper with chrome fog lamp inserts and 10 spoke alloy wheels are the prominent changes to the front and flanks of the MPV. At the rear, things more or less remain the same but for the addition of a hatch lid spoiler.
Things remain the same on the Evalia “Special” MPV’s innards too. Wood trim on the dashboard, a 2 DIN stereo, AC vents for the middle and the third rows, rear wash wipe and defogger functions are some of the prominent features that the “Special” variant of the Evalia shares with the top-spec V(O) model.
Mechanically, the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine that makes 84 Bhp-200 Nm, powers the Evalia MPV. Known for its minimal turbo-lag and high fuel efficiency, this engine drives the front wheels of the Evalia. A five speed dashboard mounted gear shifter is one of the ergonomic features that makes driving the Evalia more car-like.
A monocoque bodied MPV, the Evalia is among the more fuel efficient 7 seaters sold in India. Much credit for the ARAI certified 19.3 Kmpl fuel efficiency figure goes to the MPV’s front wheel drive layout and the relatively light kerb weight of 1,430 kilograms, which puts the Evalia between the likes of the Maruti Ertiga and the Toyota Innova in terms of weight.