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GM India to launch five new cars within 24 months

Chevrolet Essentia

These are New Chevrolet Cruze, New Beat, New Trailblazer, Beat Activ and Essentia.

GM India made a couple of big announcements today pertaining to the company’s future launch plans. First they announced that Spin MPV will not be launched in India.

Launch of Spin MPV was confirmed by Mary Barra, CEO, GM last year. The new development is due to the change in customer demands, which no longer prefer larger cars. Instead, more and more customers are opting for compact cars, especially SUVs.

Chevrolet Beat Activ

Chevrolet Beat Activ

In light of this shifting pattern of car buyers in India, GM today announced to cancel the launch of Spin MPV and focus towards launching cars which are more in demand. Under this new update, GM India promised to launch five new cars within the next 24 months.

These five new cars for India are – New Beat hatchback, Beat Activ Crossover, Essentia compact sedan, New Cruze sedan and New Trailblazer SUV. GM India did not reveal in which order these cars will be launched, but they did say all will be on saly by June 2018.

Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept

Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept

New Beat is already on sale in certain countries around the globe. India-spec version of new Beat will be different than the one sold in Europe and South Korea. India-spec new Beat will be based on the existing Beat’s platform. It will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options. Petrol 1.0 liter and diesel 1.0 liter. Both mated to a five-speed MT.

Same platform will be used to build the Beat Activ and Essentia sedan, both of which made global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. Engine option too are expected to be same as that of Beat hatchback.

Chevrolet Beat Activ concept – Photos

Chevrolet Essentia concept – Photos

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Sagar Patel

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A first drive in a manual rickety old van was enough to pave the road forward for Sagar Patel. When not driving or riding, his dexterity shifts gear to voice passion through words via reviews, and news, all the while, closely monitoring updates from the auto industry.

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1 Comment

  • GM continues to show it’s lack of understanding of the Indian Car Market. Except the new Beat and Cruze, none of the other models are likely to see large numbers.

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