It is being said that the Ashok Leyland Stile MPV, which is certainly taking its own sweet time coming to us, will be launched on July 16. The Ashok Leyland Stile, which is largely a rebadged Nissan Evalia, was earlier scheduled to be launched in 2012-end. However, certain issues that affected the car’s development speed have led to a delay in the launch. The upcoming Ashok Leyland Stile MPV would be positioned below the Nissan Evalia in terms of pricing.
An Ashok Leyland Stile test mule was recently spotted testing on public roads and the sightings reveal that the production spec Stile remains true to the car that was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo last year. This means that on comparison with the Evalia, the Stile will have a different front fascia and revised tail lamps cluster.
It is being said that the Ashok Leyland Stile will come in two engine variants- diesel and CNG. There are good chances that the Ashok Leyland Stile would borrow the tried and tested 1.5 Litre Renault K9K turbocharged diesel engine from the Evalia. Nissan Evalia’s diesel motor has a max power output of 85 Bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm. The diesel engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox. Safely expect Ashok Leyland Stile’s diesel motor to have a max. power figure of 70bhp. The other variant will be powered by a CNG powerplant. Both the variants are expected to have really low running costs and could appeal to fleet operators and local cab owners.
While the Evalia is being promoted as a family MPV, the Stile would cater to the CV market. The Stile would also skip on many features that the Evalia has.