The Indian automobile market has been a host to various kinds of car segments as well as numerous automobile manufactures hailing from both domestic as well as international origins. The functioning was so because considering the ever increasing population in India and several unconsidered aspects such as traffic, pollution, family structures coming into play, there is always room for another innovative segment. MPVs are one such segment. Made to offer an economical leverage over an SUV and a better space and comfort than a hatchback, the MPVs stand out to their name in being India’s multi purpose vehicles. When a reliable company such as Chevrolet enters this race, it truly gains a lot of anticipation among the automobile enthusiasts. Chevrolet as a company has been progressing continuously, since its Chevrolet Spark redefined the market. With its innovative engineering and honest Indian centric manufacturing, the company earned the reliability among the Indian automobile customers. With the increasing competition in the market with almost every automobile manufacturer focusing on making a compact vehicle, Chevrolet kept its hopes in the MPV segment with the launch of Chevrolet Enjoy on May 9th 2013. This MPV is designed to match the expectations and needs of the Indian customers. The impressive part however is that the company launched eight variants, with two engine options. While the petrol engine has a 1.4-litre capacity and promises a decent mileage and splendid performance, the 1.3-litre diesel engine offers impressive mileage and a good performance. The exteriors of all the variants however are same except for a few specifications juicing them up. Chevrolet Enjoy TCDi LS 8 Seater is the mid range offering a range of services and features that keep it distinct and ahead of some of its competitors. The exteriors of the vehicle are enthralling and remarkably crafted. The interiors however steal the show with splendid offerings which make the vehicle a true piece of luxury. Since it is offered as a diesel variant, it undoubtedly comes with an exceptional mileage suiting the average Indian customer. This variant priced at Rs. 6.69 lakhs (ex-showroom) the vehicle sure remains one that needs to be looked out for.
The exteriors of Chevrolet Enjoy TCDi LS 8 Seater are a symbol of beauty and automobile design engineering. With regular rendering in the framework and decent curves and dimensions, the vehicle stands to be undoubtedly a beautiful piece of engineering. With an overall length of 4305mm, the Chevrolet Enjoy TCDi LS 8 Seater has enough space to fit in those eight passengers in it. The front fascia of the vehicle depicts elegance and grace with a simple front grill decorating the look between the headlamp cluster. The front grill is designed in a plain, futuristic design to offer an appealing look for the vehicle. The front grille is visually completed with a Chevrolet logo in gold positioned in the middle. The front fascia also houses body colored front bumper and air intake valves. The front bonnet is offered with simple rendering which is helpful in reducing aerodynamic friction. The side profile of the vehicle is equally pleasing with aerodynamic detailing spreading across its doors and body. The body colored door handles help the vehicle have a synchronized design statement. The vehicle has adjustable headlights, manually adjustable rear view mirror, wheel covers and tinted glass. It however does not offer the other features offered by the other vehicles in its fleet with petrol engines.
The interiors are more or less the prime differentiator after the engine in the Chevrolet Enjoy range. While basic features are taken care of, additional specs are left out for top end models. The Chevrolet Enjoy TCDi LS 8 Seater comes with a seating arrangement for eight people spaced spaciously. The space and the ambiance are the prime specifications of the vehicle. With a beige colored seat covers and inner door panels, the vehicle offers a pleasing amount of ambiance and elegance that depicts luxury. The dash comes in dark Grey shade helping the interiors to balance out the color complexion. The dash too, however, is designed to be visually appealing with contemporary design statement in its build and decent build quality of the surface. The Chevrolet Enjoy TCDi LS 8 Seater comes with air conditioner, heater, tachometer, fabric upholstery digital clock and a glove compartment.
Engine and Performance:
The Chevrolet Enjoy TCDi LS 8 Seater comes with a SMARTECH turbocharged DI engine, which has a capacity of 1.3-litre. Since the vehicle runs on diesel, it is designed to have a decent mileage of 15.8 Kmpl on city roads and 18.2 Kmpl on highways. With a fuel tank capacity of 50 litres this number ensures convenient long journeys. The vehicle also produces a maximum output of 76.4bhp at 4000rpm, while the torque produced reaches a decent 188Nm at 1750rpm.
Braking and Handling:
The Chevrolet Enjoy TCDi LS 8 Seater comes with McPherson Strut suspension in the front and multi link coil suspension in the rear. The passive twin tube gas filled shock absorbers allow the vehicle to have a decent handling. The variant has disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear.
In terms of comfort, the variant is offered with power steering, power windows in front and rear, low fuel warning light, accessory power outlet, vanity mirror, adjustable seats, appropriate arm rests and head rests, rear AC vents, cup holders in the front row and the highly useful foldable rear seat row.
Though this variant does not have the options available in its top end cousins, it does come with impressive features such as power door locks, central locking, child safety locks, halogen headlamps, rear seat belts, seat belt warning, door ajar warning and side impact beams making it a safe vehicle to commute in. The body is of a safe cage design hence offering a decent protection against collision impacts.
Pros: Stylish exterior design, decent mileage, good handling
Cons: No ABS, no entertainment system, price can be more competitive.