Ashok Leyland Stile MPV
Ashok Leyland Stile MPV

Country’s second largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, Ashok Leyland is planning to increase its foot-prints in the fast growing Utility Vehicle segment. The homegrown auto-major displayed its Nissan’s Evalia based Stile Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo in Delhi. According to AutoCarPro report, the company may look to launch this vehicle on July 16 this year.

Although the Stile MPV is based on the Nissan Evalia platform, it will be positioned below the same, with respect to pricing. The company is speculated to roll-out a dual fuel avatar of the MPV which will be an urban transport solution as a Cab and a delivery Van. All the variants of the Stile are expected to be offered between Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.

Mechanically, it will be available in diesel and CNG models which are reported to be the most fuel efficient trims in the segment. The diesel fuel run version of the vehicle could power the 1.5-litre K9K turbo diesel engine from Evalia MPV that churns out peak power of 85 Bhp and massive torque of 200 Nm.

The Ashok Leyland Stile has been spotted numerous occasions during testing, and vehicle front looks more basic than Evalia which is elegant and comes with a more traditional looking grille. The headlamps and the air dam are smaller than its sibling Evalia. Also on the inside, most of the comforts in the interiors would be removed, in comparison to the Evalia to price competitively.

 

Also see – 2012 Auto Expo – Ashok Leyland showcases Stile and Partner

2012 marked as a ‘Year of the MPV’ in the history of Indian car market