Rendering – Ashok Leyland Dost’s passenger version can seat 14!

Posted on Apr 11 2013 - 2:26pm by Nithyanandh K
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Ever since we did a speculative rendering of the Ashok Leyland Dost’s passenger version, comments and inquiries are pouring in.

Ashok Leyland Dost passenger base versionAshok Leyland Dost passenger high end version

We have more information on the vehicle this time! According to our sources, two slightly different prototypes of the Dost people carrier (codenamed Dost 13+D) are being tested. Our in-house image manipulating expert Shoeb R Kalania has come up with these set of renderings and the seating configuration of the Dost people carrier.

Both versions bear the front fascia of their load hauling sibling. The first one seems to be the base variant of the vehicle with a flat roof. The bare bones variant is expected to be available without AC and power steering.

The second one with an aerodynamic roofline would be a well equipped variant. Comfort features like the air-conditioning and power steering will be on offer in the high end model.

Ashok Leyland Dost passenger seating layout

Both the versions feature a sliding door and can accommodate 13 people excluding the driver! The  seating capacity is expected to be the very USP of the Dost people carrier. We are the first to bring you the seating layout.

The base version could be positioned a little above the the Tata Ace Magic and the Mahindra Maxximo Minivan but it can seat five more people than its rivals. The top end model will say hello to vehicles like the Tata Venture, the Tata Winger and the Force Traveller.

Power comes from the same 1.5-litre three cylinder diesel engine which develops 58 bhp (3 bhp added when the Dost got a refresh). A five speed manual gearbox will do the transmission duties.

The Ashok Leyland Dost, which is a birth child of the 50:50 JV between Nissan and Ashok Leyland has been a great success. The duo is hoping to double it with the introduction of the passenger version. The Dost 13+D is expected to be out by October this year.

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13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. jishad July 30, 2013 at - Reply

    Can you send me the details DOST passenger about specification.

  2. SR Swami July 29, 2013 at - Reply

    Plz communicate when when will we get this 13+D on road and I neeed price quote in Karnataka Bangalore

  3. M IMTIYAZ SHARIF July 2, 2013 at - Reply

    Hello.
    Can you send me the details DOST passenger about specification.

  4. Naren May 5, 2013 at - Reply

    14 Seater ?? amazing!!

  5. Ram Prasad April 12, 2013 at - Reply

    My dream car. So good luking

  6. vijayaragavan April 11, 2013 at - Reply

    dost’passenger

  7. roy v mathai April 11, 2013 at - Reply

    it is the result of the fertile mind of Dr.Sumantran who mixed and matched Nissan’s parts bin and previous vehicles to create this superhit. Had Tata Motors had retained the good Doctor, think what he would have done with the Jagauar Land Rover parts bin…..He would have created supehit luxury cars from previous Jags and SUVs from previous gen LRs and RRs for Tata Motors. We would have been spared of the sut and paste products that come from Tata Motors today. Fate….

  8. Shrinidhi Hande April 11, 2013 at - Reply

    Little more power and it can compete with evalia as well

    • Shrawan Raja April 11, 2013 at - Reply

      Hi Shrinidhi, the Evalia will have an Ashok Leyland cousin too – its the Stile, launching this year.

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