The 2012 Nissan Evalia will be launched in India in August. The MPV will enter the market as a head-on competition to Toyota’s Innova. Nissan will double its production to 4 lakhs unit a month next month onwards. All of this along with the introduction of second production line at their Orgadam facility. The manufacturing is a part of Nissan’s export of Nissan Micra and Nissan Sunny to select global markets.
Coming back to the Nissan Evalia MPV, the automaker has made a few changes for its sale in India. The 7-seater is being manufactured in partnership with Ashok Leyland. Known as NV200 around the globe, the MPV’s standard features button start, ABS, airbags, reverse guide camers, and alloy wheels. Nissan will be seen increasing its dealership outlets in India from 50 to 100 by 2013.
The 1.5-litre DCi engine, that powers the Mahindra Verito and may soon power the Xylo Compact, will drive the Nissan Evalia. The engine produces 100 bhp of power and a torque of 240 Nm. Nissan may not launch a petrol version of the MPV since petrol powered MPVs have not witnessed much demand due to the price hikes of petrol.