People Movers That Head for India
India got its first MPV only when the Maruti brought in the Omni in the mid-1980s. The success of the Innova in the past few years has been closely watched by the competitors and has inspired many to try their luck in Indian market. If you have a joint family or big circle of friends, buying an MPV is worth a try. Here is a list of the latest fuel-efficient MPVs you could find in India soon.
Honda Freed is at present ruling the Asian markets like Malaysia. But it will soon make its entry to Indian market as well. It will come with an extremely stylish interior and exterior design, sliding doors and huge cabin space. It will most probably launch by 2014. The expected price will be between 7 and 8 lakh.
Nissan Evalia is next in the list. It was previously called the NV200. It is expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo in Delhi this year. This simple looking people mover has a tall, short bonnet area and sliding doors. Built on the Nissan B platform, the Evalia is a seven-seater with a 2+3+2 configuration. The 1461cc engine will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox. The production will start in the Chennai plant during the end of this year.
Hyundai showcased a new version of Sonata named Hyundai Hexaspace at the 2012 Auto Expo,New Delhi. With its fluid design it is the most stunning looking MPV. It has pulled-back LEDs and pillar-less rear. It will be powered with a 1.2-litre turbocharged Kappa petrol engine which will be mated with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Chevrolet Enjoy is part of GM-SAIC’s Chinese portfolio. It will be powered a 1.4-litre petrol engine or a 1.3-litre diesel mill. It is said to be more spacious, and that would be one of its outstanding features.
A miniature version of Mahindra and Mahindra’s popular MPV, this compact size vehicle will be available from Rs 7 lakh onwards. This five-seater sports a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder CRDi engine. Maruti Suzuki’s Ertiga, which is almost same in prize and size, will prove a challenge to this MPV.