The Hinduja group owned Ashok Leyland today rolled out the Stile MPV, which is originally based on Nissan Evalia. In terms of design, the car looks almost similar to that of the Evalia except the badges and logo, however, the company has tuned the engine for better fuel efficiency. The Stile has been developed by the Ashok Leyland-Nissan Motor Company Joint venture. The vehicle will be sold through 130 Ashok Leyland LCV outlets across the nation.
As mentioned above, Ashok Leyland Stile uses the same Evalia's 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine, but it has been tuned to provide a little better fuel efficiency. While the fuel efficiency has been increased to 19.5kmpl from 19.3kmpl, the power output has been reduced to 75bhp from Evalia's 85bhp.
Launched at a starting price of Rs 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Stile MPV has been introduced in 3 variants- LE, LS and LX and in five different colours- White, Silver, Grey, Red and Black. The company has offered 2 years or 50,000 Kms warranty on the Stile MPV. The company also has plans to bring in the CNG and Petrol versions of the MPV, thought this might happen in months to come.
Speaking at the launch occasion, Dr. V Sumantran, Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland, said, "We are extremely delighted to launch the second product from the Ashok Leyland Nissan JV, which we believe, will change the dynamics of Indian MPVs. With STILE, our mission was clear-to deliver to the Indian customer, a contemporary MPV with lots of space, contemporary styling, comfort features and most of all, class-leading fuel efficiency. STILE is developed on a trusted and reliable vehicle platform that reflects our continued focus on offering Japanese Technology and Quality at Indian Cost. With the STILE also in our portfolio, we are now better positioned to cater to a wider customer base and range of transportation needs.