2012 Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy MPVs could be launched in August 2012
2012 is the year of the MPV in India, with no less than 7 MPVs that will see a launch over the year. Of this, two MPVs in the form of the Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo facelifts have already been launched while the third MPV, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, will be launched tomorrow. In August 2012, the Chevrolet Enjoy and the Nissan Evalia could be launched, marking the fourth and fifth MPV launches of the year. The other two launches of course are the Mahindra Xylo Mini and Ashok Leyland Stile, rounding off the long list for 2012, which truly is the year of the MPV.
Coming to the Chevrolet Enjoy, this MPV is known as the Wuling CN100 in China and in other markets as the Chevrolet CN100. This best selling product has been developed by General Motors’ Chinese partner Wuling, which belongs to the China based SAIC group, who incidentally hold a sizable stake in General Motors. The CN100 is expected to arrive with the 1.3 Liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine, and could be priced close to the Ertiga rather than the likes of the Innova and Xylo. A 1.4 Liter petrol engine is also likely. The Enjoy MPV will be a seven seater, just like the rest of the competition.
The Nissan Evalia is the rebadged NV200 MPV, of if we may call it that, a spacious and versatile panel van. This MPV will be a standard fixture of the New York cityscape as it replaces the iconic Crown Victoria cabs as New Yorkers’ choice of taxi. For the Indian market though, both Nissan and Ashok Leyland will launch this MPV, albeit with different names and styling to accompany. Both the Evalia and the Stile are expected to feature the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine which is well known for its excellent fuel economy and the negligible turbo lag, which makes for easy driving in the city.
The Evalia MPV comes with sliding doors at the rear and this is one big advantage that this product has, due to the ease of ingress and egress such a layout facilitates. This also gives this MPV added versatility. The Evalia will be a seven seater with the possibility of more seats being squeezed in as an option. While the Nissan Evalia will be mainly targeted at the passenger segment, the Ashok Leyland Stile is also expected to do duty as a panel van, for moving goods. The Stile is also expected to be offered in CNG guise.
Launch Information courtesy Hormazd Sorabjee