Launched: Nissan’s seven-seater van, Evalia
And no, there won’t be a Renault version coming out anytime soon
Nissan has finally launched its big-on-space seven-seater, the Evalia MPV. There are four varaints available starting from the base XE version that costs Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and gets basics like AC, power steering and ABS with EBD. The XE+ comes at Rs 8.92 lakh and gets an audio system with speakers and dual front airbags as noticeable extras.
The next in line, XL costs Rs 9.49 lakh and gets a double-din CD player, central locking and rear seat aircon. The top-of-the line XV comes for Rs 9.99 lakh gets all the bells and whistles including alloy wheels, keyless entry and multi-coloured display. At these prices the Nissan MPV is clearly aimed at the Maruti Ertiga and Mahindra Xylo. The base version of the Innova is also on the radar.
Powering all the versions is Nissan’s tried-and-tested 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 85bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Nissan officials were quick to add that there were no plans by partner Renault to launch its own version of the car on the lines of the Micra-Pulse or Sunny-Scala.
Nissan also confirmed reports of the arrival of its value-brand Datsun by 2014, when two Datsun small cars will be launched in India. Nissan plans to introduce a total of 10 new cars (including Datsun) by the end of financial year 2016. It also plans to hit a capacity of a lakh units per year for the Indian market.