Nissan Evalia is set for its India launch on the 26th of September this year in Mumbai, and it is only after you have spent some quality time reading about its hidden feats of engineering and clever interior packaging that you will truly begin to understand where this vehicle is headed. Take for example the fact that with its third row folded the Evalia will free up a massive 2,100 litres of space and that further goes up to 2,900 litres with the middle row bent over as well! Family van or crafty looking caravan I wonder. All of that cavernous space needs to be backed up by a good powertrain and the Evalia employs the tried and trusted 1.5-litre dCi oil burner that continues to serve well on the Nissan Sunny and the more recent Renault Duster. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission the Evalia’s 85PS tune seems adequate for the kind of use it will be put in. Nissan claims it can hit 60km/h in 12.7 seconds and that has everything to do with the way the Evalia is made. Weighing only 1,426kg the Evalia is almost 250kg lighter than the Toyota Innova and looks well on its way to becoming the most preferred fleet vehicle in a commercially diverse nation like India. While Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor’s presence has made Nissan a more likeable car brand amongst youngsters, only time, trials and the eventual pricing will determine how effective and impactful Nissan’s world renowned urban city van can prove to be in the Indian automotive landscape.