Nissan Evalia: First Drive
Slotting into a class of its own, the Nissan Evalia is more van and less MPV; more function and less form. Regardless, it will definitely catch your attention!
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The boundaries that defined body styles are forever diminishing and so we have small cars with sedan dimensions, sedans with small-car dimensions, SUVs that drive like sedans and don’t do much off road and of course MPVs that masquerade as SUVs full with four-wheel drive and the likes – today’s world is one of multitasking. While this does offer buyers the best of many worlds in a single package, the unadulterated functionality of the constituent body forms is somewhere lost in translation and there exists a sizeable bunch of people who want their vehicles to perform one task as best as they can – or so the people at Nissan will be hoping so.
That’s because their latest offering, the Evalia isn’t really an MPV – it’s what the Japanese prefer to call an urban class utility vehicle. Considering that the Evalia is more van than an MPV that drives like a sedan, but is loaded with features that enhance both form and function, we’d say Nissan has got that moniker just about right.
Design & Style
The Evalia made its Indian debut earlier this year at the Auto Expo and with its very boxy body style it very clearly emphasised on its people mover USP. But unlike many of these already on sale today, the Evalia is definitely one that exudes a very upmarket feel with its typically Japanese, but progressively modern styling – especially on the front. There’s no doubt that the Evalia is a very good looking vehicle considering its focused evolution toward maximizing cabin space but at the same time one cannot deny that it is in fact derived straight out of a cargo carrier.
Despite that there are numerous elements that really make you sit back and soak in the attention to detail such as the very dominant character lines along the side, the seamless glass house from the middle all the way to the rear and of course the very neatly designed front grille and headlamps. Notice that we aren’t mentioning the rear because quite frankly there’s not much to look at there except for one of the biggest tailgates we’ve ever seen!
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