Sonalika ICML Extreme MUV guns for the Mahindra Bolero and Tata Sumo with a 5.88 lakh rupees launch price tag for the base version
Sonalika has replaced the Rhino MUV in its range with a similar looking model, with the main change in the MUV being that its name has now been changed to Extreme. The ICML Extreme MUV is aimed at the likes of the Mahindra Bolero and the Tata Sumo, mainly as a people mover. Sonalika ICML has the capacity of producing about 2,000 units of the Extreme MUV from its Hoshiarpur plant in Punjab. This MUV comes with two turbo diesel engine options available in BS3 and BS4 emission norm variants. These MUVs can seat 7 to 10 passengers depending on the variant.
The ICML Extreme MUV starts at a price of INR 5.88 lakhs, ex-showroom Hyderabad, for the base variant. ICML has been selling the Extreme MUV in Northern parts of the country and is steadily moving to the Southern parts with phased launches. The MUV was showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo. The Extreme MUV comes with 2 liter, direct injection, turbo diesel engine producing 99 Bhp-240 Nm and is BS3 compliant. The BS4 compliant engine is the 2 Liter, common rail turbo diesel unit outputting 120 Bhp-280 Nm, making it the most powerful engine in its class.
Incidentally, the recently launched Chevrolet Tavera MUV’s BS4 variants feature the same engine as ICML supplies this engine to General Motors India. The ICML Extreme MUV is available in a total of 8 variants, 4 variants each compatible with BS3 and BS4 emission norms. The four variants are LD Non AC, LD, SD and VD. If you’re wondering how the ICML will squeeze 10 seats in the Extreme MUV, it will do so by the following layout. The 10 seater will accommodate 3 passengers in the front row in a 1+2 layout. The second row will also accommodate 3 passengers while the boot of the MUV will have two side facing seats in a 2+2 layout.
The top end VD version of the Extreme MUV is kitted out with 2+2+3 seating layout with the front and the middle rows featuring comfortable captain seats. The top end variant is also kitted out with an impressive line up of creature comforts(for an MUV) including air conditioning for all three rows, power assisted wing mirrors, DVD player with LCD screen. However, even basic safety features like ABS, EBD and Airbags are missing and cannot be ordered even as an option on any of the variants. Though ICML has about 100 touch points across the country, the brand is yet to hold candle to the likes of the Mahindra Bolero and the Tata Sumo, which dominate the MUV universe in India.