Chevrolet wasn’t overtly pronounced in the build up to the 2014 Auto Expo. The American car-maker was relatively low-key. However, anyone who walked into the Chevy stall was left spell-bound and positive about the future of Chevy in India. The show stoppers were of course the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Stingray, but Chevrolet was also among the brands that showcased a concept. The Adra compact SUV concept was genuine eye candy and on some level, real candy like with the glossy gold paint job it was showcased in. While many brands showcase concepts, the Adra looks like a soon to be in production model.
The Adra is based on GM’s global Gamma 2 platform, developed by Indian designers at GM’s technical center in Bangalore. The car once put into production will go head to head with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and even the highly awaited Hyundai ix25. It may sound redundant to reiterate the significance of this segment to both regular and premium brands, but the sheer number of compact SUV’s coming in is overwhelming.
This being a concept, there has been no revelation about the specifications or possible engine options. Observe popular trends however and there is a strong possibility that it will get the 1.3-litre multijet engine that features on the Sail and Enjoy. The main power option that interests us is the turbo-petrol EcoBoost rivaling Ecotec engine that GM will be unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Ecotec is capable of pumping out 90 hp of power and 166 Nm of torque. This may not seem impressive as even the 2009 1.2-litre Honda Jazz managed 90 hp and 109 Nm of torque. However, this engine gets the peak torque as low as 1800 rpm, so acceleration will be fast and overtakes may not even require down-shifting.
The Adra concept may prove to a life saver for Chevrolet when it comes to India. Ford too was looking for the next big thing when they struck upon the EcoSport and are now struggling to keep up with the demand as opposed to creating it in the first place. We expect the Adra’s production version to be priced between Rs 6-7.50 lakh when it arrives in India.