Eicher Motors proposed extreme adaptability for a family into business and vice-versa with their model of MUV. But the company found itself unequipped to make the project run on its own. Polaris industries then entered the picture and put forward an offer of joint venture (Eicher Polaris JV). “We are excited about this breakthrough product and believe this is a complementary partnership where Eicher has the passion and skills and can teach us a lot about the Indian market,” said Mike Dougherty, VP, Asia-Pacific & Latin America, Polaris.
“The independent businessman needs a mobility solution where even the running costs should be affordable. Personal and utility is the space which Eicher Polaris would like to address,” Sidhartha Lal, MD and CEO of Eicher Motors, said.
The MUV’s 511 cc diesel engine can generate 10PS of power and 27Nm of torque, while delivering a claimed mileage of 28.5 kpl. What makes Multix unique, is a feature called Xport, an extention of transmission. The feature allows the vehicle to get yoked to a water pump or power generator.
A power unit capable of generating 3 KV of electricity for 12 hours on a full tank of diesel, will be sold with the vehicle as an accessory.
As the vehicle conforms to the Bharat 3 emission norms, Multix cannot be sold in the metros.
TATA Ace, the closest competition to Multix, is already available in the metros, but is priced at a full Rs. 1 lakh over the Multix AX model.