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At the 2012 Auto Expo Ashok Leyland revealed its Multi-Functional Vehicle, the Stile.
The Stile is the result of the partnership between Ashok Leyland and Nissan. The Ashok Leyland Stile and the Nissan Evalia are the same but the Stile will be sold independently from Ashok Leyland dealerships. Of course the Stile and the Nissan Evalia will have the same 1.5 Liter K9K diesel engine. Another thing that we know of is that the Ashok Leyland Stile will be positioned lower than the Nissan Evalia.
The Ashok Leyland Stile, the first attempt from the Indian CV major at the passenger car segment, is essentially a rebadged version of the Nissan Evalia, targeted at the commercial operators.
With various cost cutting measures, Ashok Leyland has been able to position the Stile considerably lower than the Evalia, making it a sensible people carrier.
Manufactured alongside its Japanese cousin at Renault-Nissan's Orgadam factor near Chennai, the Stile is benefited by the customer feedback and learning from the Evalia. Certain features like bucket seats, position of AC vents, middle row window types have been changed to improve the overall appeal. These changes eventually filtered down to the updated Evalia.
The Stile retains most of the design elements of the Evalia but sports a different front fascia which is defined by larger headlamps and grille, and a new bumper. When viewed from side, you would be hard pressed to note the difference between the two MPVs. The rear too is same as the Evalia save for the missing reflector elements on the tailgate. The Overall design is pretty bland and its apparent that priority is given to interior space and practicality.
Speaking of the interior space, there is a lot on offer. The Stile is available in both 7- and 8-seat configurations. You can opt for bucket or bench seats for the middle row. The dashboard design is also borrowed from Evalia but the color theme is different and the overall quality seems to be a few notches down.
Under hood lies Ashok Leyland's version of the Renault K9k 1.5-lire diesel engine called the Diet. The oil burner develops only 76 PS of power and 185 Nm of torque which, on paper, doesn't look sufficient to propel a 7-seat people carrier of this size but in real world, things are much better.
The Ashok Leyland Stile is too basic to be used as a private transport but when it comes to commercial applications like IT shuttles, Taxi and Tour operators, the space, comfort, efficiency and pricing of the MPV makes it a safe and sensible choice.
The Stile offers good leg room and numerous cubby holes for passengers of all the three rows. The seats are comfortable but the third row is short of thigh support. Large window areas give the cabin an airy feel.
The high-end variant comes with rear AC vents which are located in between the front seats. The sliding door make ingress and egress to the middle and third row easy. The sliding type windows for the sliding doors are more useful that the butterfly type ones of the Evalia.
The driver seat offers good visibility of the road and dash mounted gear-lever makes way for sound ergonomics.
The boot space is almost non-existent with the third row seats in place but fold them and you'll get decent real estate to stow your luggage.
The cabin is spacious and airy. The front and middle row seats are comfortable.
The third row seats lack thigh support and is not ideal for full sized adults for long journeys.
As mentioned, the Stile derives most of its design elements from the Evalia. One can easily mistake it for Evalia when viewed from side or rear. The front however is given a new identity, thanks to larger headlamps, horizontal slated grills and a new bumper with bold character lines.
The sheet metal on the sides are kept flat for cost reasons. This, combined with the generous proportions gives the MPV a disproportionate appearance. The rear fascia which is devoid of much attention from the designers (for cost reasons) also has some amount of blandness to it.
Optional alloy wheels spruce up the otherwise mundane exteriors
The overall appearance of the MPV tells you that its built to a cost
The 1.5-litre Diet diesel engine struggles to get off the line but once on the move, it does a decent job of moving the big MPV. The driveablity is good but the motor simply doesn't have enough grunt to make effortless progress with 7 passengers on board.
Once on the move, driveability is good.
Feels under powered under full load
The 1.5-litre K9k diesel motor is renowned for its outstanding fuel economy in all of its previously known states of tune. The 76 PS avatar is no different as it offers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 19.5 kpl which is excellent for an MPV this big.
Best in class ARAI certified fuel economy
Only marginal improvement in fuel efficiency over the Evalia that is more powerful.
The Ashok Leyland Stile handles fairly well around the corners although with noticeable body roll. As far as the driver keeps the vehicle in limits, it behaves itself.
The brakes have sufficient bites but under emergency braking, the car looses its composure as the tail steps out of the line.
To keep the costs in check, Ashok Leyaland stopped short of offering any safety features like ABS, EBD or airbags. So all you have are seat belts and your human instincts to keep you safe.
Steering is light and consistent
Looses stability under heavy braking
The suspension is sorted and the ride quality is the single largest asset of the Ashok Leyland Stile. The car doesn't bounce much and the high speed ride quality is pretty impressive.
Has good ride quality
NVH levels a tad on the high side inside the cabin
Pros Comfort,its very confertable
Cons Average Looks,it's not a good looking car
looks r not excellent but good , and it's really a good car for family.
13 of 16 users found this review helpful.
Pros Good Performance,
Cons Average Interiors,
The features in this vehicle is good. I told test drove this and i am yet to consider purchasing this vehicle. But the price is good and i liked the way it drives. It has ample interior space for taking people on long drives. I want to start taxi service with this vehicle and i am planning to purchase two of the same. My concern is the reliability and cost of maintaining this vehicle over many years. The mileage is good but it could have been better. Ashok leyland is known for big trucks and i am not sure if purchasing this vehicle over other option in the market is a good idea. But i am thinking of giving ashok leyland a chance because i liked the price and the dealer is a friend who will give me best service after buying the car. I have also finalized on good finance company so i am hoping to earn good money from taxi service.
23 of 27 users found this review helpful.