After the immense success of Maruti’s Ertiga which garnered as many as 32,000 units in its first month of sale, auto-makers are busy working out strategies to unearth this nascent MPV segment. Nissan is about to launch its Evalia. We also have Chevrolet vying for a pie with its soon to be launched Enjoy (Notice that the name ‘E’ is common among them all!)
And now we have Honda’s news about a 7 seater MPV which they would launch somewhere in 2014 or 2015
- The compact MPV is codenamed 2NH
- 2NH would be based on the next generation Jazz plateform.
- It is expected that it would be the next-gen ‘Freed’ MPV that Honda sells in other Asian markets which is being planned for India.
- Honda would launch both the petrol and diesel versions of the car. Petrol might be powered by updated version of City’s 1.5L engine whereas the diesel is expected to get the 1.4 or 1.6L that Honda is currently in process of developing.
It gets confirmed that this segment which was underlooked till now is going to get all major manufacturers getting into it gradually. MPV is one of the fastest growing segments in India.