Ashok Leyland has officially unveiled the Stile seven-seater MUV at an event in Chennai. The Stile based on the Nissan Evalia (NV200 platform) is the second vehicle under the Nissan-Ashok Leyland partnership which started with the Dost LCV.
The MPV was first displayed at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo and features a similar design language to the Evalia. Bar the headlamp cluster, front bumper and grille the Stile looks like a rebadged version of the Nissan MUV. The interiors have also gone through a diet, in an effort to reduce costs with the interior opting for a black-grey interior with matching upholstery. The MPV features a monocoque body construction and a low floor design to enhance passenger comfort.
The Stile will be powered by the same 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine from Renault-Nissan alliance developing 85PS power and 200Nm of torque. The Stile will also be available in CNG version, currently unavailable in the Nissan Evalia, and will come with a choice of two and three row seating options.
The Ashok Leyland Stile will be commercially launched in India in September in an attempt to tap the market which is expected to improve during the festive season. Apart from competing with the Chevy Enjoy, the Toyota Innova, and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, the MUV will also find application in the commercial market as an Ambulance or Courier pick-up van.