The Nissan Evalia MPV, also known as the NV200 in other parts of the world, was first launched in India during the second half of 2012. A panel van for the rest of the world, the Evalia masqueraded as an MPV in India. Yes, the Evalia does have its good bits such as a tractable K9K turbo diesel engine and an easy to drive demeanor, but the sheer number of quirks on the MPV has meant that the Evalia refuses to budge from showroom shelves.
Nissan India has been trying hard to change this status of the Evalia. Despite being an MPV that is very slow selling, the Evalia has already received a facelift last year. A second one is coming by the end of the year. Nissan India added the following features in the first update of the Evalia, that came late last year:
- Split open Euro windows on the rear sliding doors
- Sliding/reclining captain seats in the middle row
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- 2-din audio system with USB connectivity
- Rear wiper
- Rear defogger
- Anti-glare internal rearview mirror
- Front row assist grip
- Glovebox lid
- Roof mounted AC blower unit
It remains to be seen what Nissan will do to the Evalia to make it find more takers in India given the fact that most bases around which the MPV was initially found to be lacking in have been covered by the first facelift. Expect a revamped exterior as a major highlight in the second facelift. The MPV is likely to retain the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine in 85 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune.The gearbox will be a five speed option, with a convenient dashboard mounted gearshifter.
The Evalia is light, front wheel driven and significantly more fuel efficient that the Innovas and Xylos of this world. Leveraging on these advantages of the MPV will be Nissan’s best shot at turning around the fortunes of the Evalia. A chunky price drop wouldn’t hurt matters considering the fact that General Motors is doing reasonably well with the well priced Enjoy MPV.