The 11th Auto Expo has been a curious and colourful one this time around. We did cover and will be covering the whole lot of vehicles that were launched, screened, unveiled, showcased at the Show. We had brought you a story on the Nissan Evalia MPV which was showcased at the Expo.
This next story of ours is on the similar line. The only thing is that the very same Evalia MPV was showcased in the Ashok Leyland pavilion, but it was named at Stile. The Stile MPV was looking much more uber -centric in approach. Talk about badge marketing. We have seen it all when the Skoda Rapid was brought in, which essentially is the Volkswagen Vento. If that reference did not go well with your thoughts, even the Nissan Micra is being sold as the Renault Pulse with not much change overall.
Well, it is a known fact that Ashok Leyland will be manufacturing the Nissan’s Evalia in India. The Stile MPV is Ashok Leyland’s version of the Evalia MPV and would be sold independently through Ashok Leyland dealerships. The stile would feature 1.5 litre K9K diesel engine churning out either 85 bhp and 200 Nm torque or 105 bhp and 240 Nm torque depending upon what Ashok Leyland chooses to offer the Indian MPV buyer. This is the very same engine that would power Nissan Evalia MPV and is also the same engine which is being employed in cars such as Nissan Micra, Nissan Sunny sedan, Renault Pulse hatchback and Renault Fluence sedanalthough in different states of tune.
The Stile has attractive features such as sliding doors, two and three row seating arrangements, low floor and dual tone interiors. Ashok Leyland has said that the Stile will be used as an ambulance, panel van, courier service vehicle, shuttle bus and hotel shuttle in Indian market. The Stile will be treated as a cargo van also.
The Stile will be available in both CNG and diesel variants. It would be launched in the middle of the year. Ashok Leyland has come up with an alternative name for its new vehicle Stile ie. MFV (Multi Functional Vehicle) instead of MPV owing to its varied uses.