Both semi panel and panel van versions of the Nissan NV200 are currently on sale in Malaysia, but from the looks of it, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) could be bringing in the passenger-oriented window van version of the NV200, known as the Nissan Evalia in Indonesia.
This undisguised Nissan Evalia was sighted in the Klang Valley by reader Syed Nasurudin, and it shows the van in XV trim and its signature Blue Green Metallic colour. XV is the top trim level in Indonesia (the only variant with a single airbag), powered by a 1.5 litre HR15DE engine doing 109 PS, available with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox. The NV200 range in Malaysia uses a 1.6 litre engine.
I can’t imagine a grey importer wasting an AP on a Nissan Evalia, so the only explanation must be that this is some kind of evaluation unit. We’ve seen ETCM officially register cars that it hasn’t launched before, such as in the case of the white WUV 370 plated Nissan Serena S-Hybrid spotted in June.
In Indonesia, the Evalia is positioned below the Grand Livina – the range topping Grand Livina there goes for about Rp 222.5 million (RM64,244), while the top Evalia is priced at Rp 195 million (RM56,303). The Evalia also has a lower starting price, from Rp 147m compared to Rp 179m for the Grand Livina.
Like the Grand Livina, which will be launching here in facelift form soon, the Evalia seats seven in a 2-3-2 configuration, and marketing material clearly shows the target market there are families with young children.
In Malaysia, because the price segment below the Grand Livina is pretty much conquered by local MPVs Proton Exora and Perodua Alza, it creates a question mark on how the Evalia might be positioned if it does come here.