Maruti Suzuki India recently launched Ertiga earlier this month with a base price tag of Rs 5.89 lacs and along with it, announced their entry into the MUV segment of the Indian auto industry. Maruti Ertiga has been officially launched and there are two MPVs – Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy to be launched in August this year. Therefore, this year 2012 can be marked as the ‘Year of the MPV’ in the history of Indian car market. Already on roads are the recently launched revamped versions of MPV segment leaders, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3.
Like the Ertiga, Enjoy and Evalia – three E’s in the MPV segment will see one more offering which is Ashok Leyland Stile. The upcoming Chevrolet Enjoy MPV is a joint product of GM and Chinese car maker Wuling. It is believed that the new Chevrolet MPV will be placed at a price segment similar to Ertiga. To be powered by 1.3 L multijet Fiat diesel engine and a 1.4 L petrol unit option, the Enjoy will be a 7-seater car with lots of interior comfort features and acres of space inside.
The other upcoming MPV from Japanese stable is Nissan Evalia which is a hit in US. It is expected to have a 1.5 L K9K diesel engine under the bonnet and is believed to return excellent mileage. An additional advantage of this car is the rear sliding doors which makes getting in and out of the car pretty simple and quick. Initially, this MPV is a 7-seater but more seats can be probably squeezed in as an option. Ashok Leyland will also be rolling out Stile MPV as the rebadged Nissan Evalia MPV. The engine specifications would be the same as that of Evalia’s and in addition to the passenger segment, Stile will be launched for the purpose of moving goods. A CNG version of this car is too on the cards.
Launch Information courtesy – Hormazd Sorabjee