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Chevrolet India is a fully owned subsidiary of General Motors and it has established itself with a number of vehicles in all the segments. The company has announced that they will launch another multipurpose vehicle, which will be called as Chevrolet Spin . It is going to replace the slow selling Enjoy MPV in the Indian car market. As per rumors, this vehicle is coming in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its petrol motor is powered by a 1.5-litre engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1485cc. It will churn out a maximum power of 107.5bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 141Nm. It is mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box. On the other hand, its diesel variants are powered by 1.3-litre engine that has a displacement capacity of 1248cc. This DOHC based motor can churn out a peak power and torque output of 74bhp and 190Nm respectively. The braking mechanism of this vehicle is quite proficient. It is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from skidding. At the same time, it also has a reliable suspension system, which keeps it well balanced and stable. It is expected, that it will come in two trim levels, which are LT and LTZ.
The company has designed it with an attractive body design with a lot of striking features. Its front facade has a large dual radiator grille, which is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. It is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. It also has body colored bumper with air intake section, outside rear view mirrors, large windshield and so on. On the other hand, its spacious internal cabin is designed in two tone colors and incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features. Its seats are well cushioned and covered with fabric or leather upholstery, depending on the variants. At the same time, this vehicle is bestowed with several vital protective aspects. The list includes seat belts for all occupants along with load limiters, remote control entry, airbag for driver and front co-passenger, rear doors with child safety lock and so on. This vehicle is going to give a tough competition to Tata Aria, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and others in this segment.
To begin with the front profile, this upcoming vehicle is designed with a dual port radiator grille. It is divided by a thick body colored slat and is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is flanked by a large headlight cluster, which is powered by high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Just below this it has a body colored bumper, which houses a large air dam for cooling the engine quickly. This air intake section is flanked by a couple of bright fog lamps, which adds to the visibility. It has a large windscreen, which is made of green tinted glass and integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, this Chevrolet Spin model series will come with some strong character lines that gives it a decent appearance. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted in body color. These ORVMs are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn indicator. The flared up wheel arches are fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which gives a superior road grip. It also has a pair of roof rails, which are painted in glossy black finish. Its rear end has a luminous tail light cluster, which is integrated with halogen based reverse and brake lights along with side turn indicator. The large tailgate is embossed with variant badging and fitted with a thick chrome strip. It has a large windscreen, which is integrated with a defogger and a wiper as well. Its sporty rear spoiler is fitted with a centrally located high mounted stop lamps that adds to the safety quotient.
The company has designed this vehicle with an overall length of 4360mm along with a total width of 1735mm, which includes external rear view mirrors. Its decent height is about 1683 that ensures ample head room for all occupants. It has a large wheelbase, which measures about 2620mm. The company has given it a decent ground clearance as well, which makes it capable for dealing with uneven roads.
This yet to be launched MPV seems to have a decent internal cabin with dual tone color scheme featuring a few metallic accents on steering wheel and floor console. Its dashboard is designed with layered principle that gives a stunning appeal to the cockpit. At the same time, its center fascia looks quite wide featuring several equipments like an infotainment unit along with AC system and a few comfort based equipments. Its dashboard also houses storage compartment along with adjustable air vents for added convenience. The instrument cluster seems to be quite small, but has trendy dials and colorful illuminated lamps that amplifies the cabin. The steering wheel has a three spoke design, but it may not have multi-functional switches on it.
Like any other conventional MPV model, this yet to be launched Chevrolet Spin is slated to get all the standard comfort aspects depending upon its variants. Its base variants will have standard features like 2-way manually adjustable driver seat with adjustable head rest, roof courtesy lamp, hot weather equipment package and power door lock. In addition to these, we can expect it to have manually adjustable side mirrors, rear window wiper and power assisted steering with tilt function. While its mid range variant may house features like electrically adjustable outside mirrors, roof luggage carrier, fabric seating upholstery, manually adjustable front seats and rear courtesy lamp. On the other hand, we can expect its top end trim to have features like rear window electric defogger, a proficient air conditioning system along with parking assistance function.
Since there is no information available relating to this vehicle, it is hard to speculate about the interior dimensions of this MPV. However, we can expect it to have decent leg along with shoulder space that is helpful to accommodate at least seven occupants. Furthermore, this MPV may also feature a decent boot volume that can be extended further.
With the help of a five speed manual transmission gear box, the diesel engine take around 21.36 seconds to cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph from a standstill. It can achieve a top speed of nearly 160 Kmph. Whereas the petrol engine is mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box, which helps it in attaining a top speed of around 175 Kmph. It can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 14.8 seconds from the standstill.
In terms of engine options, this upcoming Chevrolet Spin MPV is expected to made available with both petrol and diesel motors. Its petrol variants are speculated to host a 1.5-litre VVT-i engine, which is based on double overhead camshaft valve configuration. This engine has a displacement capacity of 1485cc and is integrated with a multi-point fuel injection technology. It is capable of producing a maximum power of 107bhp at 6000rpm and yields a pounding torque of 141Nm at 4000rpm. This engine is expected to be paired with a six speed automatic transmission gearbox. On the other hand, its diesel versions may house the 1.3-litre motor that has an advanced common rail fuel injection system. This mill has the ability to unleash a maximum power of 74bhp at 4000rpm and yields a hammering torque of 190Nm between 1750 to 2500rpm. Its transmission duties will be handled by a conventional five speed manual transmission gearbox.
Its 1.5-litre petrol engine is expected to be integrated with a multi point fuel injection system that helps in delivering a healthy fuel economy. It is also said that it can return a maximum mileage of 13-14 Kmpl on the expressways and gives around 11-12 Kmpl, when driven within the city. At the same time, the diesel engine is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. This will deliver a fuel economy of of about 18 Kmpl on the bigger roads, which might come down to 15 Kmpl approximately under the city traffic conditions.
The diesel power plant is expected to have the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 74bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 190Nm in the range of 1750 to 2500rpm. On the other hand, its 1485cc petrol engine can produce 107.5bhp of power at 6000rpm along with a peak torque output of 141Nm at just 4000rpm.
According to the rumors, all the variants in this upcoming Chevrolet Spin MPV series are speculated to get a conventional audio system featuring an AM/FM player along with connectivity ports for AUX-In and USB. In addition to these, this system also comprises of four speakers, which delivers stereo quality sound output. On the other hand, its mid and top end trims can be fitted with a CD player along with Bluetooth interface for audio streaming and call connectivity. Upon its arrival, buyers can opt for a superior infotainment system featuring a DVD player along with a touchscreen device for better quality entertainment.
Like its international version, this upcoming MPV is expected to get front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, whose combination is reliable in all weather condition. At the same time, one can expect its top end variants to host anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution for an efficient braking performance. In terms of suspension, this vehicle could get soft ride suspension system in the form of McPherson strut at its front axle and semi-independent system at its rear. At the same time, both the axles are expected to be fitted with coil springs for enhanced driving comfort.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to arrive with several trim levels for the buyers. At the same time, we can also expect it to host an array of protective aspects that are helpful for safeguarding the passengers inside. The entry level trims might host standard features like remote control entry system, three point seat belts with retractable and load limiting function, rear door child lock and an engine immobilizer. While the mid range and top end trims are expects to house aspects like anti-theft protection alarm system, dual front airbags, and parking sensors. However, it is too early say anything in this regarding, since the company is still has not confirmed the official launch date.
There is no information available regarding the size of its wheels or tyres. However, we can expect its base and mid range trims to have 15-inch steel rims as standard, while its top end variants could get a sturdy set of 16-inch rims. These wheels will be covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres for better on road performance.
1. Price range is expected to be competitive.
2. Comfort features are quite good.
1. Petrol engine fuel efficiency is not good.
2. There is a need to improve safety features.
Chevrolet has already announced that it will launch the Trailblazer SUV in 2015 and the Spin MPV in 2016. We caught the Spin MPV testing under complete camouflage in the city of Bengaluru. While Chevrolet already has the Enjoy MPV in the market, the car hasn’t been able to succeed as much the company would have liked. Chevrolet Spin, upon launch, could be replacing Enjoy or launched as a more premium offering.
With Chevrolet confirming the launch of Spin MPV, the segment competition comprising of some marathon players is sure to get intense. It has been quite some time that Chevrolet have tasted success with its product, instigated in or around the last couple of years. The American manufacturer has brought products like Enjoy MPV and the last being the facelift given to Sail U-VA and Sail Sedan. But Enjoy failed to pull volumes and so is the case with the other two. To cope up with this limbo, Chevy has planned to bring in two new vehicles one is the SUV Trailblazer by this year end and the other is the MPV Spin, in 2016.