The Chevrolet Spin is an MPV that we would love to see in India, although General Motors has not announced any plans of bringing this to the Indian market just yet. The Spin would slot in nicely against the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova if launched here.
The Spin is a seven-seater MPV, which looks a lot more car-like than the Tavera or the Enjoy which is slated for launch later this year. The Spin MPV has just been unveiled for the Brazilian market (which also is getting the Ford EcoSport in a few days). This is a vehicle for developing markets and could make it to India, as there could be reasonable demand in India too, going by the success of the Ertiga, Innova and Xylo in the market. Also read: Chevrolet Spin spy photos
Here are a whole bunch of official pictures. From the front the Spin is unmistakably a Chevrolet vehicle with the split grille and prominent bow-tie logo.
The sides of the Spin have been given some curves, which make it a lot more appealing than the slab-sided Tavera or even the boxy Enjoy. The third row gets a fixed quarter glass just like the Ertiga. The rear is a little too straight, although General Motors have put in a curved boot lid and tried to wrap the tail-lamps around the fenders a bit.
The Spin is a strict seven-seater with the last row in place offering no luggage space. However, the third row can be folded down or removed to free up space.
The second row of seats can be folded down or flipped forward in a 60:40 split to free up more space when required.
The dashboard of the Spin is quite funky (like the Beat) with a digital speedometer and analog tachometer. The controls are simple and quite basic.
The Spin is expected to be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol motor that puts out 130 Bhp of power, but this engine is unlikely to make it into the India-bound model. There are speculations that Chevrolet may use the Enjoy’s 1.4-litre petrol motor and 1.3-litre diesel motor in the Spin when launched in India.
The Spin is expected to be priced between Rs. 7 lakh and Rs. 9 lakh to compete with the Maruti Ertiga and the Mahindra Xylo to some extent. The Spin is essentially a compact MPV which will appeal to lifestyle buyers who want a 7-seater, just like the Ertiga. The Enjoy may see more commercial buyers just like the Tavera. The Spin has just been unveiled in Brazil and may soon hit the Indonesia and other South East Asian markets. An India launch may be on the cards for early 2014.
Tell us what you think of the Chevrolet Spin? Will it be a good alternative to the Ertiga?