General Motors plans to launch a few products from the SAIC stable in India. The Sail twins – the hatchback and sedan are already here, and next in line is the seven-seater MUV, the Wuling CN 100. Chevrolet has renamed this vehicle as, the Enjoy. The new MUV will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Mahindra Quanto in the entry-level segment.
The Enjoy was unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi, although the American car maker did not divulge any further details. The MVP has been spotted testing several times and more than few details are now available on the web.
The Enjoy 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 vanone 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, which will help them save money during production.
The MPV has Chinese lineage, so rest assure that it will have decent interior space. The vehicle will be available with standard 2+3+3 seating configuration and 2+2+3 seating with bucket seats for the middle row. Like the Sail twins, this vehicle will get 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 combinationsare right but the fir and 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.
Engine / Transmission:
The Enjoy will be 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 the direct competitors of the Enjoy – the Maruti Ertiga and the Mahindra Quanto deliver 90bhp and 100bhp respectively.
GM will also introduce 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. This is one of the few vehicles, where the 1.3-litre MJD diesel powers the rear wheels. The Enjoy rides on 175/65/R14 tyres, which look too small for its size – we have seen similar tyres at work on the Nissan Evalia and apart from the puny size we didn’t have much to complaint about.
GM will target both passenger and taxi market with the MPV. The company will be heavily banking on competitive prices to market their new product. The prices for the Enjoy are expected to start close to Rs 5.5 lakh for the petrol variants, the diesel top-end on the other hand is expected to cost around Rs 8.5 lakh. Chevrolet is expected to launch the Enjoy by the end of first quarter of 2013-14.