30 June 2012

Chevrolet Spin budget MPV revealed

Chevrolet has released the information about its new budget MPV, the Spin, which is slated to be on sale in South America and Asia from July onwards. Conceived by GM Brazil R&D team, Chevrolet Spin is manufactured in Sao Paulo, and will be assembled here in Asia too in West Java.
Spin is build on Chevrolet Cobalt sedan platform, with the wheelbase of 2,620mm long. Overall length is 4,360mm, 1,763mm wide and 1,660mm tall. It comes in two version, LT that seats five, and LTZ with 7 seats and all bell and whistles. Comparatively, Spin is vastly bigger than Asia budget MPV stalwart, the Avanza which measures 2,665mm, 4,140mm, 1,660mm and 1,695mm in wheelbase, length, width and height. Closer in terms of size and apparent technology is the Maruti Ertiga which measures 4,265mm in length, 1,695mm wide and 1,685mm tall and rides on longer 2,745mm of wheelbase. Anyway, with 7 people on board, Chevrolet Spin can still accommodates162L of cargo, and increased to 710L and 1,668L when the third and second row folded respectively.
 In terms of powertrain department, Chevrolet Spin is set to trump the opposition with latest state-of-the-art package. The MPV is powered by 1.8L EconoFlex lump that can chew ethanol. It produces 108bhp. Mated to the class leading 6 speed automatic transmission or 5 speed manual, it is more advanced compared to the Toyota Avanza which channelled the drive via the 4 speed automatic gearbox from the last millenium.
The interior bring a greatly refreshed design concept compared to all its potential Asian rivals. With the design that can only comes from Chevrolet, the Spin comes with chunky looking dashboard that shares Cobalt partial digital instrument binnacles. The interior also certainly looks plusher compared to more spartan looking Avanza and Ertiga, particularly in seats fabric and contour.

The exterior outlook too is distinctive in its own right. Unlike the weedy Asian-born rivals, Spin is adorned with American big-car cues, particularly its massive radiator grille. However, overall, it still looks like a budget MPV, with some awkward angles.

Stay tune for more news, especially when the Indonesian plant starts to produce this MPV. More photos of the Chevrolet Spin after the jump.

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