Nissan would be developing a new global MPV to replace the Livina and Note MPVs, reports Wheelosphere. The new MPV would be based on Nissan's V-Platform, the same platform on which the Micra small car is built.
The MPV is expected to be the third product to be developed from the V-Platform after the Nissan Micra and Nissan's new sedan (code : L02B) to be launched in India next year. The MPV is internally codenamed J02C. The Nissan MPV could come with a 1.5 liter diesel engine which could also be shared with the Micra hatchback and the new sedan.
The compact MPV could be manufactured at Nissan's Chennai plant and could roll out by 2012. The Nissan MPV would face stiff competition from the upcoming Maruti Suzuki's R3 MPV and Mahindra's compact Xylo 5-seater and possibly the Ford's B-Max MPV based on Figo's platform if it is ever introduced.
The only other iteration that can be developed out of this platform is a mini-SUV like the Ford Ecosport SUV (that could come sooner than expected). Will Nissan develop a mini-SUV based on the V-Platform?