Can Ashok Leyland’s badge-engineered MPV, the Stile, steal the thunder from its cousin, the Nissan Evalia?
Most people don’t aspire to have an Ashok Leyland parked in their garage. Knowing this, Ashok Leyland’s first passenger vehicle, the Stile, is unabashedly courting taxi and fleet operators. So why are we driving one? Because you and I could buy a Stile for personal use if we wish. All you need is the address of one of its far-flung showrooms and plan the long hike there. But will it be worth the trouble?
Clearly, the Stile’s main draw isn’t its styling. Its slabby sides and workhorse aura will be a tripping point for most families. However, the longer grille, restyled bumpers and prominent double-barrel headlamps give it vital road presence. The 15-inch alloy wheels, offered as an option on the mid-level LS and top-end LX variant, do their bit to add a touch of style. The tread pattern of the 185/65 R15 JK Vectras also increases the Stile’s appeal when compared to the standard LT tyres. Also, we can’t help but praise the soft-satin finish used for the logos.
On the inside, the Stile is quite basic. Only the top-end LX variant boasts of fabric seats and chrome finish for the centre console, although central locking is offered from the mid-level variant. The music system, reversing camera and safety features such as ABS, EBD and airbags have been scratched off the equipment list altogether.