Spied – Ashok Leyland Stile inches towards its launch
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The Ashok Leyland Stile, the commercial version of the Nissan Evalia, is preparing for its launch which is set to happen anytime now.
The people carrier was spotted by our ardent reader Mr. Vishal Krishna from Bengaluru. As the D Day gets closer, the Stile sheds its camouflage, only the badges are hidden beneath tapes. If you look close, the white car ahead is also a test mule.
Well, initially we considered the possibility that it could be the Evalia which is undergoing a makeover, but the trade certificate plates are consistent with the earlier test mules of the Stile. In addition, Evalia has reflectors on the tailgate that look like extensions of the taillights but the Stile misses it.
The Ashok Leyland Stile sports a different front fascia compared to the Evalia but that’s where the dissimilarities end. The rest of the MPV is same as the Evalia. Even the interior design and layout are shared but the color of the plastics and upholstery are changed.
Like the Evalia, the Stile is also powered by the famous 1.5 litre K9k diesel engine sourced from Renault. The motor puts out 86PS and 200 Nm of torque. The Evalia manages an ARAI certified mileage of 19.3 kpl and the Stile should arrive at almost similar figure which is a boon for commercial vehicle operators.
The state of the test mules suggests that Ashok Leyland is almost done with the testing phase. We could witness a launch in a few weeks’ time.