Ashok Leyland, a commercial automobile manufacturer, is soon going to step into the passenger vehicle genre. Its first ever passenger car is the upcoming MPV, Stile. This MPV made its debut at the last year’s Indian Auto Expo which was held in Delhi. At that same event, Nissan had unveiled its Evalia, badged as NV200, for the Indian market. While Nissan launched its Evalia last year, Ashok Leyland will be rolling out its Stile, this year on the 16th of July.
Ashok Leyland is an automobile manufacture located in Chennai in India. It was established in the year 1948 and since then is a leading firm in manufacturing buses, trucks and even vehicles for the military. It is India’s 2nd biggest commercial automobile manufacturer with a sale of 60,000 vehicles and a total of 7,000 engines each year.
Ashok Leyland controls 28% market share in the mid to heavy vehicle segment. It mostly deals in vehicles in the range of 16 tons to 25 tons. It has joint the Nissan Renault Group and has a joint manufacturing plant in Chennai.
Ashok Leyland’s first ever MPV, Stile, is all set to be launched. Talking about the car’s engine, 2 engine options will be offered. There will be a diesel run Stile and a Dual fuel run Stile. The diesel variant will have a 4 cylinder engine with a capacity of 1.5 litre offering a displacement of 1461 cc. The K9K unit produces a power of 85 bhp and a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The dual fuel engine takes power from petrol as well as CNG. The technical details of this engine is not available as if now. The car might offer a 5 speed transmission.
Talking about the exteriors of the car, unlike Evalia it does not have a grille but honours a Stile badge. The rear too has a Stile logo. The interior is very spacious which makes it ideal for private as well commercial use. Passengers in all the 3 rows get to enjoy enough head and leg space. Customers can get 2 options – a 7-seater and an 8-seater car. The interiors also offer great driver visibility and a dual tone theme.
Once launched, this car will compete with Mahindra Xylo, Toyota Innova as well as Maruti Ertiga. It is expected that Stile will cost a buyer Rs 50,000 less than the Nissan Evalia.