We remember coming back home pretty impressed when we reviewed the Nissan Evalia back in September last year. While the idea of having a ‘van like’ vehicle for the fast emerging MPV/MUV segment of Indian car market wasn’t all that convincing, we found the car to be a really well sorted out product that could have had threatened the more established rivals.
However, the Evalia has failed to impress the buyers and has not really been posting great numbers on the sales charts.
Now, it has emerged that Nissan India is in no mind to give up on the Evalia and has been busy with planning some updates for the slow selling MPV.
Several car market watchers are of the opinion that the Evalia is the victim of poor brand image and comes across as too utilitarian to private car buyers. Nissan Evalia has managed to average a monthly sales figure of merely 177 units (Jan–May 2013). In comparison, the very popular Toyota Innova boast of an average monthly sales figure of 5,670 units for the same period.
It is being said that the Indian subsidiary of Nissan plans to bestow the Evalia with features like captain seats for middle row to give it an image makeover and make it more appealing to private car buyers. The interiors of the car will also get better plastics, richer materials and a longer equipment list.
Nissan will also address the biggest grievance from Evalia owners – the fixed middle window. The updated Evalia will get sliding windows for the middle row.
The updated Nissan Evalia could also get a few cosmetic updates for the exteriors. Don’t be too surprised to see the car getting a new set of bumpers, a new front grille and paint options.