Multi purpose or compact vehicles are very popular in Europe and now Indian buyers are also following the same path and going for MPV or multi purpose vehicles as well. The Indian car manufacturers have taken note of the preference of the public and have introduced a number of multipurpose cars in the market. Recently Nissan has introduced a MPV model, ‘NV200 Evalia’ to the public and the model was appreciated and accepted whole heartedly. The news has now come that Ashok Leyland is planning to introduce its own version of MPV into the market. The vehicle is named ‘Stile’ and will be unveiled in the second week of July. This particular model was introduced to the public last year in the ‘Indian Auto Expo’. Ashok Leyland is hoping that with the introduction of this model they will improve their share in the Indian car market.
Both the interior and exterior of ‘Stile’ appear to be same as that of ‘Evalia’ but with some smaller modifications. The differences are seen in the placement of the emblem or the badge on the modified bumper. At the back of the vehicle the emblem is changed as well. Inside the Ashok Leyland’s logo takes the place of Nissan’s logo. Both ‘Stile’ and ‘Evalia’ have the same luggage space.
On the technical side the model comes with two variants, CNG/Petrol and diesel. The diesel variant will have 1.5 Litre Renault K9K turbocharged engine. This engine provides the driver with a power of 85 bhp and the vehicle comes with manual transmission of 5-Speed. ‘Stile’ is less expensive, it is cheaper by Rupees 50,000. However, it is rumoured that ‘Evalia’ is likely to undergo a face life of the interior soon and the price of the facelifted vehicle is not known yet. Ashok Leyland hopes that with the introduction of this cheaper model they would be able to induce many prospective customers to go for their latest multi purpose vehicle.