When we speak of Eicher, we talk about
rugged trucks, buses and motorcycles. When we talk about Polaris, we recall
immense off road capability. Combine both of these brands and what you get is
the Multix, a versatile utility vehicle for your daily family and business use.
It combines the utility of a LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) and a passenger
car. We got our hands on this little innovation on the outskirts of Delhi where
we beat it around some very rugged terrains and found out all about the
versatility of the Multix.
This is not one of those vehicles which
will make your heart skip a beat but is rather a product which brings
unparalleled utility. It is simple and cute to look at and despite its small
proportions is quite spacious on the inside. Offered in some striking colours,
this Personal Utility Vehicle also gets ample of plastic cladding and uses a
patented Flexituff compound on the body panels. Flexituff can resist most bangs
and is quite durable, it is also a very economical to replace. The vehicle has
been built on a strong tubular frame which can keep occupants safe in the
advent of a roll over.
510.7cccc , single cylinder, 4-Stroke, Diesel
Transmission/ Drive Train
Front: Hydraulic McPherson Strut
Rear: Hydraulic Double Wishbone
Front & Rear: Hydraulic Drum
Fuel Tank Capacity
Rs. 2.72 lakh (ex-showroom)
Powering the Multix is a 510.7cc, single
cylinder, 4-stroke, diesel mill which churns out 9.78bhp of peak power at
3000rpm and 27.1Nm of peak torque from 1400-2200rpm. This naturally aspirated
diesel engine is a work horse and solves its one purpose, to lug around its
cargo efficiently. It returns 28.45kms to a litre of diesel and with an 11.5
litre fuel tank the Multix gets a decent operational range. The single cylinder,
however, is noisy and NVH levels for cabin occupants can be irksome. The Multix
is not quick, if that is a question plaguing your mind but can reach a maximum
speed of 50-60kmph. But do remember this vehicle was built with utilitarian
purpose in mind and is not meant to transport you and your girl friend wearing
those high heels to the nearest discotheque.
The engine has been mated to a 4-speed
gearbox. The gear shifts are a bit notchy but short throws of the gear lever
come as a relief. What stands out the most on this vehicle is its independent
suspension setup which caters for an incredibly comfy ride. Be it broken roads,
farm trails or just bumps and breakers, the independent suspension setup on the
Multix will gobble all undulations and keep its occupants seated comfortably.
Another salient feature of the Multix is its short turning circle radius of
just 3.93m, which makes maneuvering woes of goods carriers a thing of the past.
We took the Multix through a tightly knit slalom course and were pleasantly
surprised by the vehicles capability. The steering has also been weighted
decently and does not wear you out easily.
All of what we have spoken of so far will
not make your jaw drop, but what if we told you that this vehicle comes with
the capability of pumping out water from a tube well or producing 3Kw of
electricity to power your house or that it can be used to power a grinding
machine to churn fodder or power a fan to blow the chaff off grain. The Multix
comes with an X-Port which generates upto 3 Kilowatts of power and can be
connected to agricultural machinery such as the ones mentioned above to aid
daily operations and combine all of these in one single platform. Like
mentioned earlier, this vehicle is a workhorse, it combines multiple uses and
offers them as a single product solution, which at present is not being offered
by any other manufacturer in the country.
The versatility of the Multix does not end
there. It gets a boot storage space of 418.3 litres and also comes with a rear
cover available as optional fitment which increases the storage space in the
rear to about 840 litres. If that also falls short for your needs, the back
seat of the cabin can be folded down and the rear window dismantled to create a
storage space of 1918 litres. The Multix also packs hydraulic drum brakes on
all four wheels, which are effective but lack the right amount of bite and
feel, one does need to be a wee intuitive about the stopping distance and we
felt sharper brakes would enhance its performance. That being said, the Multix
does not go too fast, hence the present braking setup is adequate to bring this
vehicle to a halt when needed.
With a high ground clearance of 225mm, the
Multix is capable of clearing most obstacles with ease. We got a chance to
throw it around over bumps, logs and through slush. It gets adequate torque at
the wheels and cleared most of the undulations without a fuss. It is also being
offered with a host of handy after market installations which increase its
utility and appeal. The MX variant which we tested comes in at a price point of
just Rs. 2.72 lakh (ex-showroom). The Multix is an immensely capable vehicle which
combines practicality and utility for your business as well as personal usage. The
vehicle does not come with a blower and is without an air-conditioner. But then
the world of commercial vehicles is all about physical labour, hard work and
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