Nissanís foray into the minivan market in India will start with a passenger derivative of the compact NV200. This will be the first product to be made through Nissanís joint venture with Ashok Leyland.
Almost as long as a Toyota Innova, and much taller, the NV200 or X11M as it is internally known, will be powered by a version of the Renault Loganís 1.5 DCI diesel (or K9K as Nissan calls it). The motor makes an increased 85bhp and this vehicle will use the greater efficiency of its car-like platform to position itself as the most efficient vehicle in its class.
The NV200 is based on a stretched version of the same Renault-Nissan Alliance B platform as the Renault Logan and promises to be more efficient than the Innova, which has a heavier body-on-frame construction.
In addition, Nissan has included fuel-saving measures like electric power steering, a shift light indicator set for maximum efficiency and low-rolling resistance tyres. This car also features very impressive packaging. Nissan claims vertical space has been very effectively used as the seats are upright and no space has been lost to a dedicated ladder chassis. So you have plenty of legroom as well as space for two full-sized suitcases, even when three rows of seats are being used.
The interiors of the car will be built to passenger car or SUV specification and ABS
will be part of the package as well. The rear suspension, however, will carry cheaper leaf springs, which may mean that ride quality might be at a premium. The sliding-type rear doors may not appeal to all either.
What will appeal to prospective buyers is the price. Aggressive localisation could see a price of Rs 7-8 lakh being achieved when it goes on sale in 2011.
Source - autocarindia.com