Nissan India, the domestic arm of Japanese auto maker, has reduced the price of its Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) Evalia and is now offering the model for Rs. 7.99 lakh. Reportedly, the new price of Evalia is almost Rs. 1 lakh less than the former tag. Industry experts believe that the auto maker was forced to reduce the price of its Evalia as Nissan just reported sales of 900 units in the last two quarters. Also, the Japanese car maker was facing a stiff competition from other models like Chevrolet Enjoy and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, which are counted among the volume pulling models of the respective segment.
Sources close to the development process stated that Nissan India is also planning to introduce few changes in the designing language of Evalia at both interiors and exteriors. It must be noted that Nissan entered the MPV segment of the Indian auto market with its Evalia model; however the move did not appeared to be much lucrative. Auto analysts believe that the main reason behind Evalia's fail in the Indian auto market is its more van like character, which puts it against the likes of Ertiga and Innova. Also, Evalia has been considered more a people carrier rather than an utility vehicle.
The fact of a van like appearance is further consolidated by the fact that the model has fixed windows in the middle and last rows, complimented by sliding doors for rear passengers. It is anticipated that Nissan India is now planning to introduce captain seats and sliding windows in the reworked Evalia, besides improving the quality of plastics. Industry experts believe that these changes are pivotal and would surely help the company in enhancing its numbers.
Equipped with a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine, Nissan Evalia renders a world class performance. With a displacement of 1461 cc, the maximum power churned out by this engine stands close to 84 bhp at 3750 rpm along with a torque of up to 200 Nm at low 2000 rpm. The 5-speed manual transmission system of Evalia renders smooth accelerations and smooth shifts between the gears. Sources hint that the reworked model of Evalia will be introduced somewhere close to the end of 2013. However, the cost of new model will decide its fortune in the Indian car market as the buyers here are price sensitive.