Saturday, January 07, 2012
By Pranjal Gera
Stile MPV unveiled at Auto Expo by Ashok Leyland
India’s renowned heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland has unveiled a new Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) ‘Stile’ at the 2012 Delhi Auto Show. The vehicle is a true multi-purpose as it will be offered in various layouts such as 7-seater, 8-seater ambulance, shuttle van and courier van. The miscellaneous vehicle will be powered by a CRDi diesel engine along with twin-fuel combo of CNG and petrol engine. Ashok Leyland will commence production of Stile by next year. Ashok Leyland Stile is expected to be priced between INR 7-8 Lakh and will compete with then launched Chevrolet MPV, which is currently in concept form, along with Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo.
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The Ashok Leyland Stile is developed in association with Nissan Motors and is a rebadged version of Nissan Evalia MPV also called Nissan NV200. The company has announced that Stile, which is being a low-cost version of Nissan MPV, will sit under Nissan Evalia that will boast as a premium MPV. The engines will not be manufactured by Nissan as Ashok Leyland will be responsible to design its engine at its faculty. As of now, the company has not disclosed the specifications of power-trains. The vehicle is expected to have immense space in the cabin along with safety features like Antilock Brake System (ABS), but the air bags might go missing.
This is the first time Ashok Leyland will be entering the passenger vehicle segment with its Stile MPV. While Nissan already has a strong presence in the passenger car segment as its sedan Nissan Sunny and hatchback Nissan Micra are being successfully sold in the country.