As I keep on saying, the MPV segment in India is getting hotter by the day. Nissan is almost ready with their Evalia, Mini Xylo too is just around the corner and only yesterday, I reported that Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi is commanding a waiting period that extends all the way to March 2013. Another hot launch that is headed our way is that of the Chevrolet Enjoy, that, we first saw at the Auto Expo held in January.
One of the first things that you notice about this MPV is its length and conservative styling. As we reported earlier, the Enjoy has been jointly developed by GM and their Chinese partners Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). This new MPV is based on the Wuling CN100 a.k.a. Hongguang MPV.
Enjoy comes with safety features like dual air bags, safety belts with load limiters, anti-lock brakes and tubeless tyres. This new MPV will sell alongside the company’s ageing but popular Tavera, and should come with an aggressive price tag of about Rs 6 lakh.
The seven seater people mover is expected to sell primarily in its diesel variant. It’ll be powered by Fiat sourced 1.3 liter mutijet engine, manufactured by GM at its Talegaon plant and branded 1.3 XSDe. This is the same engine that is powering almost every other popular diesel car in India. The engine will most likely be employed in its non VGI, 75PS guise, the way it powers the Fiat Punto, Maruti Swift and the Indica Vista. Petrol option is expected to be offered in the form of a 1.4 liter unit with peak power output of 95PS.
Stay tuned for more info on the car as it emerges.