Chevrolet is one of the most acclaimed car maker in the Indian automobile market. The company came out of the ashes with its Chevrolet Spark a few years back and since then there is no looking back for the company. Consistency, affordable innovations are a few issues the company is really concentrating on. And these are certain aspects the Indian automobile customers are happy to have. With the ever increasing ranges and segments in the Indian automobile demographic, Chevrolet entered the MPV with the petrol and diesel engine variants in order to offer both performance and fuel efficiency to the customers based on the requirements. As a whole there are eight variants which successfully manage to be in the decent price range. The variants offered have almost no modification when it comes to the exterior build however the interiors aspects of these vehicles separate them from one another and also the obvious engine difference. The company launched the diesel variants, so that the mileage centric customers finally have their voice heard and this is reassured with the 18.2 Kmpl, which is quite good. The base variant which is also the lowest priced in the range, the Chevrolet Enjoy Petrol LS 8 Seater is priced at Rs. 5.49 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) making it a promising purchase. However it does lack the high end features such as interior entertainment system integrated with four speakers positioned two in the front and two in the rear, but it does come with the same interior framework. The interesting feature about this version is its eight seater capacity, promising mileage and the powerful engine. This version comes with a 1.4-litre SMARTECH engine that is capable of producing a maximum output of 102.6bhp at 6000rpm and a torque of 131Nm at 4400rpm. The vehicle has striking exteriors and comes in vibrant color combinations. The interiors are given as an elegant statement and the entire vehicle follows a symphony with each and every element being in sync with one another. Considering the success Chevrolet India is having right now in the country's lucrative automobile market, it is safe to expect this MPV Chevrolet Enjoy to have a warm response in India. Though MPVs are more or less directly competing with the SUVs with their affordability, competing spacious design and promising visual appeal. However the SUVs score better when it comes to tremendous power and off road capabilities, but considering most of the Indian families commute in the urban or rural scene where off roading is not a prime agenda, the MPVs do seem a plausible option as they offer decent power, spacious feel and are also affordable hence becoming more or less a favorable urban commuter for the masses. This segment may give this MPV, a new success and the customers a new excuse to ‘Enjoy’.
Beauty is a simple description when the exteriors of Chevrolet Enjoy need to be summarized in a single word. The exteriors come straight out of an automobile designers dairy as they evidently display contemporary design elements, while maintaining the expertise of a company, which had been for decades in the business. GM did the right job with Chevrolet introducing an MPV. The vehicle offers impressive exteriors which follow symmetry, design aesthetics as well as vibrant color choices. The front fascia is an authoritative design and its front grille, which seems futuristic houses the Chevrolet logo that is embedded on it. The front grille joins the headlamp cluster on either side of its corners. The front bumper also features fog lamps and air intake vents. The air intake vent unlike the usual designs features a single radiator grille that has chrome borders. The front bonnet has aerodynamic renderings which give a stylish appeal to the vehicle. The side profile is equally impressive with simple details that extend from the front headlamps to the rear. The windows in the side profile have a black colored border making the design prominent. The 14 inch wheels also help the vehicle is having a more homely appeal. The overall length of the vehicle is a little over the 4 meter range at 4305mm. The width of the vehicle is 1680mm, which is quite good.
Interiors are definitely the real attraction in the Chevrolet Enjoy Petrol LS 8 Seater. Though it is a base variant and it lacks quite a few attractions as in its top end trims, the vehicle does come with the same range of interior comfort and appeal. The interiors house a beige colored statement and the ambiance hence is maintained pleasant through out. The front dash comes out in its dark Grey color offering the perfect contrast to the vehicle. The vehicle however houses the seating as an eight seater, which means that the passengers can have a comfortable drive in the same vehicle with an unbelievable amount of space. The rear row can however be folded increasing a lot of boot space, so that excess luggage can be placed when the passengers traveling are minimal.
Engine and Performance:
Housing a 1399cc petrol engine really gives the Chevrolet Enjoy Petrol LS 8 Seater an edge over its diesel counterparts. The vehicle offers a maximum power of 102.6bhp at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 131Nm at 4400rpm. The vehicle is quite fuel efficient and offers a mileage of 13.7 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
Though the Chevrolet Enjoy Petrol LS 8 Seater comes without ABS, EBD, the vehicle’s braking system is still strong. With disk brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear the variant offers a decent braking system.
The vehicle comes with decent spacing and comfortable arrangement in the theater style. The interiors offer dual air conditioning making the vehicle comfortable for all the passengers. Apart from this, there are quite a few other features as well, which add to the utility value of the interiors.
The McPherson Struts as the front suspension and multi link coil spring as rear suspension help in handling. The vehicle itself comes with safe cage body structure which is highly helpful in avoiding collision impacts. Seat belts and side impact beams are however given in front and rear sections.
Pros: Affordable, decent exterior design, striking interiors.
Cons: ABS, EBD and airbags could have been included.