Eicher India brings a smart Personal Utility Vehicle Multix…!!!
Sensing high potential in the ‘Utility Vehicle’ segment, popular commercial vehicle manufacturer Eicher India has brought a fresh concept to Indian consumers – a ‘Personal Utility Vehicle’ or ‘PUV’ called multix the first of its kind in the automotive segment in India.
Although, there are similar vehicles which could be linked to personal utility vehicles such as the ‘crew cabs’ (or double cabs) made by Mahindra (Bolero Pick-up) and Tata Motors (Xenon); what makes the Multix different from the rest is that it boasts a compact design and features that are unheard of. Eicher-Polaris claims that the PUV is exclusively targeted at the ‘independent businessman’ in India.
Eicher Motors India and Polaris Industries of USA have formed a joint venture – the ‘Eicher-Polaris’, which makes Multix PUV. The company plans to sell a variety of personal utility vehicles in India and other emerging markets. The company plans to start dealerships across 30 cities in the first phase before expanding the sales network to rest of India.
Currently the PUV is available in two variants. The open-door AX+ is priced at Rs. 2.32 lakh, whereas the closed-body MX is priced at Rs. 2.72 lakh (ex-showroom Jaipur). The deliveries of both the models will commence in August.
The PUV is powered by the G510W III (Greaves four-stroke, single-cylinder BS III Direct injection diesel engine which can produce a max. power of 9.92 PS at 3000 rpm and torque output of 27.1 Nm at 1400-2200 rpm. The vehicle can return a mileage of upto 28.45 kmpl, as claimed by Eicher Polaris. It has an impressive ground clearance of 225 mm and turning circle radius of 3.93m, which is perfect for Indian road conditions. It’s body is made of “Flexituff”TM, a very durable & dust-resistant material. The PUV has a seating capacity of five with luggage. The Multix’s boot is designed in such way that it can adapt to space as needed.
The Multix is also equipped with a special feature – the X-Port. The X-Port has a power take-off point, which can generate up to 3 KW and can be connected to external power equipments such as power-tools, agricultural machinery, other electrical equipment and can also be used to power homes.
Note: All images (Courtesy: Eicher Polaris)
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