Chevrolet the American carmaker hasn’t seen much success in India. Inspite of having a wide range of products on offer, none of them really stood up to the competition from established car marques like Maruti, Honda, Hyundai and Ford. But that hasn’t stopped the carmaker from trying to make its mark in India. One such car was showcased and it was a sub-4 metre sedan tagged as the Essentia. Based on the next-gen Chevrolet Beat, the Essentia is smaller in dimensions than the Chevrolet Sail sedan currently on offer in India.
The interior will be spruced up and carry some elements from the Beat such as the single pod tachometer, with either an LCD or an LED display. The Essentia did make an appearance in the 2016 Auto Expo, where Chevrolet said that it will be a compact sedan high on space and style quotient. The complete designing has been done at GM’s design studio in Korea, which Chevy says has been done keeping in mind the taste and preferences of the Indian consumer.
We might also see dual-tone colour scheme for the interior. Also, expect the Essentia to have a touchscreen with Chevy’s Mylink2 infotainment system. We also believe that the higher trims will have the infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As far as safety features are concerned, the Essentia will have dual airbags, ABS, reverse camera as well. But only on the higher trims though.
Coming to the powertrains, the Essentia will have a 1.2-litre petrol motor that will produce 77bhp and 107Nm along with a 1.0-litre diesel engine producing 56bhp and 142.5Nm. Both the engines will have a 5-speed gearbox. There is no word of an automatic as of now. Chevrolet also will try its best to keep a high localisation percentage in order to keep the costs in check and the pricing competitive.
Upon launch, the Chevrolet Essentia will be going up against a slew of successful models such as the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze, Tata Zest and the newly launched Volkswagen Ameo. Chevrolet will hope that the Essentia does better than the Sail sedan, which did not quite go on to become a success.