Ashok Leyland being one of the largest manufacturers of heavy vehicles in the Indian market is also continuously increasing its efforts to get into passenger vehicle segment. Ashok Leyland yet again unveils the Stile MPV at an event in Chennai who were also accompanied by Mr. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Nissan. With the Stile MPV being unveiled, Ashok Leyland’s vehicle count in the smaller segment increases to two, the first one being Dost.
The Stile MPV is based on the same platform already used by Nissan Evalia. With already Nissan Evalia only selling around 36 units last month, Ashok Leyland’s Stile MPV would have a hard time in the Indian market. However Ashok Leyland has given styling to its Stile MPV which would differentiate it from the Nissan Evalia. In order to obtain decent sales in the Indian market, Ashok Leyland is expected to price Stile MPV very aggressively.
Stile will also be manufactured at Renault-Nissan’s production facility at Oragadam, near Chennai as the Nissan Evalia. Stile would also be featured with an option of second and third row of seating in order to be used for the commercial markets. According to the reports, Ashok Leyland has designed Stile making it convenient to be used as hotel shuttles, ambulances, taxis, courier services, panel vans, etc.
Coming to the specifications, Stile would be powered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine which produces a maximum power of 85 HP at a maximum torque of 200Nm coupled to a 5 speed manual gear box. It would also feature sliding doors, low floor (making it convenient to be used as people and goods mover), captain seats for the second row seating with AC blowers, rear wiper, washer and defogger. The ARAI certified mileage of the Evalia is 19.3 km/l and the Stile is expected to have the same fuel efficiency due to the fact of using same engines. Ashok Leyland’s Stile expected to be launched later this October.