The fully owned subsidiary of General Motors, Chevrolet India has established itself with a number of vehicles in all the segments and are doing impressive business. The company has announced that they will launch another multipurpose vehicle in the country's car market, which will be called as Chevrolet Spin. According to the news, it is going to replace the slow selling MPV, Enjoy. As per rumors, this vehicle is coming in both petrol and diesel engine options, which are currently running on the roads of Philippines. Apart from the powertrain, it is also expected to be fitted with the same features, which are available in the global markets. 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 expected to be mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. On the other hand, its diesel variants are powered by 1.3-litre, DOHC engine that has a displacement capacity of 1248cc. This four cylinder based motor is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the engine to deliver a power packed performance. This engine can churn out a peak power and torque output of 74bhp and 190Nm respectively. The company has given it an efficient braking mechanism, which is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from skidding. At the same time, its reliable suspension mechanism keeps the vehicle well balanced and gives a comfortable driving experience. This vehicle is expected to come in two trim levels, which are LS and LTZ.
The company has designed it with an attractive body design with a lot of striking features, which gives the MPV a decent appearance on the roads. To begin with the front facade, it 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. Its well molded wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. 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. The smooth dashboard is equipped with quite a few features like a large glove box, a three spoke steering wheel, instrument panel with various functions and so on.
On the other hand, the company is going to bless this MPV with a number of comfort features, which will give the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. Its efficient air conditioning unit comes with a heater and rear AC vents. For enhancing the ambiance of its cabin, it also has an advanced music system, which comes with various input options and four speakers. 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, airbags for driver and front co-passenger, rear doors with child safety lock and so on. This multi purpose vehicle is going to give a tough competition to Tata Aria, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Maruti Ertiga, Honda Mobilio and others in this segment.
The company is going to give this multi purpose vehicle an attractive body structure, which is fitted with a number of styling aspects. To begin with the front profile, this upcoming vehicle is designed with a dual port radiator grille, which is divided by a thick body colored slat. It is embedded with a prominent gold plated company insignia in the center, which gives the frontage a distinct look. 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, especially in the bad weather conditions. This bumper is accompanied by a protective cladding, which prevents it from minor damages. 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 model series will come with some strong character lines and body colored protective moldings that gives it a decent appearance. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted in body color. These external wing mirrors 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 give a superior road grip. It also has a pair of roof rails, which are painted in glossy black finish and enhances the look of its side profile. At the same time, the rear end of this vehicle is distinctly designed and gives the MPV a complete appearance. The body colored bumper is fitted with a pair of bright reflectors and a courtesy lamp. It 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 lamp that adds to the safety quotient. On the other hand, it is expected to come with roof luggage career as well.
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, which helps in offering ample leg room for all passengers. 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. It is complemented by a few metallic accents on steering wheel and floor console, which gives the cabin a decent look. Its dashboard is designed with layered principle that gives a stunning appeal to the cockpit. It features a three spoke steering wheel, an instrument panel with several functions, a large glove box with sun glass holder and AC vents. 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, which makes it driver oriented cockpit. 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. The company is going to bless this vehicle with ergonomically designed seats, which are wide and well cushioned. These seats are integrated with head restraints and covered with premium upholstery. At the same time, seating arrangement is also perfect and provides ample space for all occupants. The driver seat comes with height adjustment function that adds to the comfort level. While second row seat is split foldable that helps in increasing the boot volume of car. On the other hand, the manufacturer is going to bless the cabin with quite a few utility based aspects, which are cup and bottle holders, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, odometer display, electric boot release and many other such aspects. It also has a 12V power socket in center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. The power steering is quite responsive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
Like any other conventional MPV model, this yet to be launched vehicle is slated to get all the standard comfort aspects depending upon its variants. It has a manual HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioner) unit, which keeps the ambiance pleasant. For cooling the entire cabin quickly, it is equipped with rear AC vents as well. The integrated 2-DIN music system supports radio with AM/FM tuner, CD/MP3 player along with eight speakers and Bluetooth connectivity for pairing mobile phones. Its advanced instrument cluster houses a digital tachometer, speedometer, low fuel warning light, outside temperature display, electronic tripmeter, driver seat belt warning notification and many other such aspects for keeping the driver updated. On the other hand, 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 and parking assistance function and more other things, which will entice the customers and adds to the convenience level.
Since there is no information available relating to this vehicle, it is hard to speculate about the interior dimensions of this multi purpose vehicle. 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. It is going to come with a large fuel tank as well, which helps in planning for longer journeys.
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, which is rather good for this class. Whereas, the petrol engine is mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box, which helps in delivering a decent acceleration and pickup. It enables the motor to attain a top speed in the range of 170 to 175 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 14.8 seconds from the zero.
As said above, as per the speculation this vehicle will arrive in Indian car market with both petrol and diesel engine options. 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, which will send the engine power to its front wheels. On the other hand, its diesel versions may house the 1.3-litre motor that has an advanced common rail fuel injection system that will help it in delivering a power packed performance. 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. Both these engine are integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration.
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 to 14 Kmpl on the expressways and gives around 11 to 12 Kmpl, when driven within the city limits. At the same time, the company is going to incorporate its diesel engine with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. This will deliver a fuel economy 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. It will prevent the vehicle from skidding, especially on wet roads. 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. Both these axles are further assisted by gas filled shock absorbers and coil spring that gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. At the same time, the cabin is incorporated with a power steering system, which is quite responsive. It comes with tilt and telescopic adjustment function, which makes it easy to maneuver the vehicle even in peak traffic conditions.
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. There are seat belts available for all its occupants with pretensioners and load limiters at front. It also has driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. The vehicle is bestowed with a disc and drum braking mechanism that is quite efficient and helps to keep it under control. It is incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution mechanism as well as brake assist, which improves its braking abilities. 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. It is expected to be fitted with an advanced engine immobilizer, which safeguards the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry. 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 that the wheel arches of 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. The company will also provide a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other required tools for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Price range is expected to be competitive.
2. Comfort features are quite good.
3. Spacious internal section with good seating arrangements.
4. Lot of styling aspects makes it look attractive.
5. Presence of anti lock braking system along with brake assist is a big plus point.
1. Petrol engine fuel efficiency is not up to the mark.
2. After sales service is not satisfying.
3. Dual airbags can be given as standard feature.
4. Diesel engine noise and harshness can be reduced.
5. 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.