Eicher Motors and Polaris India joined hands to develop an affordable mobility solution for the Indian market. The idea was to create a car that could double up as a load carrying commercial vehicle when needed. This was targeted mainly for small independent business owners and farmers. The Multix took five years to develop and is completely built in India.
Yes, the Multix has been designed and built ground-up at the company’s manufacturing plant in Kukas, near Jaipur. It is built on a tubular frame and has a unique design which looks compact from the outside, but it can comfortably seat a family of five. And when needed, the rear seats can be removed easily, which results in a 1,918 litre loading bay. It can carry up to 450kg (that’s 20 bags of grain) with the rear seats removed. The Multix is available in two models MX and AX+, the only difference being the latter does not come with doors or windows.
Apart from its small footprint and acres of space on the inside, the Multix comes with a host of accessories, the major highlight being the X-Port. This allows customers to use the Multix to generate power. With the help of a rotating shaft, the Multix can be connected to a generator, which can provide around 3kW of electricity (using 0.75 litres of fuel per hour), enough to provide electricity for a single household. Apart from this, it can also be connected to water pumps, small capacity wind mills and other electric appliances as well.
The Multix is powered by a small 650cc, single cylinder diesel engine, which makes around 12.8bhp at 3,000rpm and 37Nm of torque between 1600rpm-2000rpm. It gets a simple 4-speed gearbox to keep costs in check. The gear ratios are really short and on an open stretch you will be able to get up to around 55kmph. This is essentially because the owners will expect good efficiency out of it and so shorter ratios will encourage driving in a higher gear. Being a single cylinder, refinement and NVH levels aren’t the Multix’s strong points. Vibrations can be felt in the cabin through the gear lever and the steering wheel, but having said that, it is very efficient and returns a claimed 27kmpl, which will keep operating costs low.