Multix (previously know my media as flexituff) is the first product to be launched by Eicher Polaris Pvt Ltd. The Indo-American joint venture has set up a dedicated manufacturing facility for the vehicle at Jaipur Total investment including product development stands at INR 350 Cr.
The company is marketing Multix as a vehicle for personal use, primarily suitable for customers who need a mobility solution to take car of both his family and business needs. The four-wheeler is available with 5 seats and a cargo bay with a volume of 480 litres. The rear seats can be folded to form a completely flat cargo floor to increase the payload volume to over 1,900 litres.
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) stands at 1,150 kg and depending on the variant, payload capacity varies from 400 – 500 kg. With a ground clearance of 225 mm, Eicher Polaris Multix emerges as a reasonably priced road legal automobile with decent off-road capabilities.
Base AX+ variant gets an open cabin while top-end MX sports an enclosed cabin with Flexituff body. Held together by a tubular spaceframe structure, Multix gets rolls over protection system, suspended front head restraints, independent rear suspension (adapted from Polaris ATVs), dashboard-mounted gear lever and so on.
Power comes from a rear-mounted Greeves single-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine which puts out 9.92 PS and 27.71 Nm of torque when mated to a 4-speed MT. Keeping in mind that most buyers will be running small case businesses, Eicher Polaris has made the vehicle compatible with X-Port generator (not a standard equipment) which can supply up to 3 KW of electricity. This power can be utilized to run equipment like drilling machine, DJ system, water pump, house appliances and the like.
The company says that, at peak output, X-Port generator consumes up to 1.4-litres of diesel every hour. Speaking of fuel consumption, Multix is claimed to deliver a mileage of 28.45 kmpl.
To be sold though 30 initial outlets (3 are company owned), Eicher Polaris Multix is priced at INR 2.32 – 2.72 lakhs (ex-showroom Jaipur). Deliveries will commence by August, 2015.
Multix explained in a Video
Eicher Polaris Joint Venture Film
Multix as electricity generator
Tech Specs of Multix