Auto Expo 2016 : Chevrolet Announces Beat Esentia and Activ for India
General Motors has revealed plans to launch new and facelifted Chevrolet cars in the country over the next two financial years. The first day of the Auto Expo 2016 saw General Motors display two new models of the Beat -Chevrolet Beat Essentia and Activ. Essentia is a sub-4 metre sedan based on the design scheme of the Beat, while the Activ is the crossover version of the Beat.
The Essentia and the Activ are based on Beat design platform and according to General Motors, “build on the carmaker’s earlier promise to launch a new MPV, the Chevrolet Spin, in 2017.”
Chevrolet Beat Activ
The Chevrolet Beat Activ is a crossover of the Beat hatchback . The pricing is expected to be on the affordable side, and as such it will have no direct competition. The company with the Activ, will look to disrupt the crossover market and eat up the share of other crossovers in the market such as the Toyota Etios Cross, Hyundai i20 Active and Fiat Avventura which make up for the majority share when it comes to crossover sales in India.
Chevrolet Beat Essentia
Chevrolet Sail, the company’s entry-level sedan offering has been available in the Indian market for some time now, but has failed to meet the company’s expectations. With the Beat Essentia, the company will offer buyers a sedan at an affordable price. The Chevrolet Beat Essentia is based on the Beat hatchback and shares the same engine. Beat Essentia sedan will be available in two engine options, the petrol variant features the 1.2-litre STEC II engine that will produce 77bhp and 107Nm, while the diesel machine will be equipped with the 1.0L XSDE unit churning out 56bhp and 142.5Nm.