Spied – Chevrolet Spin MPV caught in China
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The Chevrolet Spin is GM Brazil’s Ertiga. The compact MPV was designed by GM Brazil specifically for the Brazilian market, just like the Onix and the Prisma duo.
The Spin is expected to have Indonesia as its second home and in an interesting turn of events, the MPV was caught testing in China, leaving a clue that it could be manufactured there as well. Chevrolet’s MPV needs in China are currently being taken care by SAIC owned Wuling, but there’s more than sufficient room in the van market for another model.
The Sunshine, Hongguang and HongTu are the best selling MPVs in China. The Wuling Hongguang is rebadged as a Chevrolet Enjoy and is ready to be launched in India in April. GM China could position the Spin above the Wulings and of course it is expected to be produced by the SAIC-GM joint venture.
In Brazil, the Spin is powered by the flex fuel version of Chevy’s 1.8 litre petrol engine. Given the fact that the 1.8 petrol engine is being offered in many GM models in China, it becomes a natural choice. The power output of the engine stands at 106 bhp.
We can’t help but think that if GM India was to bring the Spin MPV in the place of the Enjoy, they would be having a better chance of taking on the Maruti Ertiga. Having said that, we believe there will be plenty of takers for the Enjoy, specially in the commercial class.