Our reader Bairesh Raj who sent us snaps of the Hyundai Verna and Renault Fluence testing near Chennai is at it again, this time snapping the Ashok Leyland-Nissan Dost LCV testing with a container mounted on to its loading area. Bairesh left us this note to post with the spy pics -
On Saturday when I was traveling from Hosur to Chennai, I spotted this LCV on test. Though my research on the internet back home showed it was an application of the the Ashok Leyland-Nissan Dost model, people will doubt whether this is a result of a JV as not a single Nissan badge can be spotted anywhere. Nissan or AshLey, he was doing in excess of 130 kmph!
The 1.25-tonne Dost LCV will be manufactured at the Hosur facility and bear no Nissan logos. Powered by a 3-cylinder turbocharged CRDI engine, it produces 55hp. There are three variants in the offing - a base model with manual steering, a mid model with power steering and high end model richly appointed with air conditioning, power steering and dual tone interiors
The Dost platform could spawn a passenger application variant in the future.