Nissan launched the Evalia MPV in India in September last year, hoping for big volumes and tremendous success in the market. The Evalia couldn’t manage to attract buyers in India because of the much accomplished competition and bland styling. As we have seen the Evalia being used as a taxi in London and New York, most of the volumes being sold here are for the taxi segment. The Nissan Evalia only comes with a diesel engine option – the 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine producing 85 BHP of power with 200 Nm of torque, mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.
Recently, the Euro NCAP inspection for the Nissan Evalia showed up with poor safety ratings of the MPV. Safety for adult occupants showed up as 68 percent, child occupant safety came up at 81 percent, while pedestrian safety scored 67 percent and safety assist systems on the car was calculated as 55 percent. The Nissan Evalia scored a total of 3 stars out of 5 in the Euro NCAP inspection. After the frontal impact test, it was found that the Evalia’s floor panel had torn away from the base of the A-pillar and spot welds had released between the floor and sill.
The passenger compartment was declared as unstable and the car was penalised. The driver footwell was also found ruptured and was unstable resulting in further penalty. Protection of the driver came out as marginal. Protection of the chest was adequate and protection of other body regions was good in the side barrier test. In a severe side pole impact, dummy readings of rib compression showed weak protection of the chest. In the event of rear-end collision, the seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injury. All in all, the Nissan Evalia scores poorly in terms of safety.