Reason to Enjoy a Chevy Ride - The New Indian Express

Reason to Enjoy a Chevy Ride

Published: 02nd February 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 01st February 2014 01:55 PM

General Motors India’s strategy to launch a few products from the SAIC stable in the country has worked pretty good. The Sail is already here and now the seven-seater MUV, the Wuling CN 100, in the name of Enjoy is enjoying its share competing with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova. Ammar Alvi has more.

The Enjoy was unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi, and is bigger than its competitors. It has a typical Chevy front with the golden bowtie sitting in the middle of the grille. The MPV has sharp and edgy headlamps that look marginally smaller than the headlamp console of the Sail twins. The basic shape is of a standard passenger MUV that we are used to seeing on the Toyota Innova. A bold shoulder line that runs along the door handles and a waist line between the two wheels are the only prominent elements on the otherwise plain side profile. The tailgate design is simple and clean but standard design.

The MPV has Chinese lineage, and has very good interior space. The vehicle is available with standard 2+3+3 seating configuration and 2+2+3 seating with bucket seats for the middle row. Like the Sail, this vehicle comes with beige interior for all variants. The top-end variants will get features like music player with USB and Bluetooth, steering-mounted audio controls, A/C ducts for second row, ABS-EBD and two airbags.

Chevrolet needs to improve the interior quality of the new vehicles—the colour combinations are right but the finish needs to improve drastically. The Enjoy has flexible rear seating as the second and third row of seats can be folded flat for extra luggage space, which is almost non-existent with third row in place.

The Enjoy is powered by the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine—the one that is jointly developed by Fiat and GM. The GM version produces 77bhp and 205Nm of torque; when used in the Sail U-VA hatchback the drive feels better than the units used by Fiat, Tata and Maruti. However, the Enjoy is a big car and hence we feel it is slightly underpowered. Also available is a new 1.4-litre petrol engine with the Enjoy that produces 77bhp and 187Nm. Both the engines will be paired with five-speed manual gearbox that powers the rear wheels.

GM is targeting both passenger and taxi market with the MPV. The company will be heavily banking on competitive prices to market its new product. The prices for the Enjoy start from `5.71 lakh to `8.21 lakh (ex-showroom).

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