By April 2013, General Motors India will launch its first real MPV for the Indian car market in the form of the Enjoy. A hot new development around the Enjoy MPV has just emerged with Mr P.Balendran, a Vice President at GM India, reported to have noted that the Enjoy MPV sold in India will be available with both petrol and turbo diesel engine options. With this announcement, the Enjoy could be the third MPV in the country, after the Toyota Innova and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, to be made available with both petrol and turbo diesel engine options.
It will be interesting to see which petrol engine GM India uses on the Enjoy MPV given the fact that the car maker has outfitted both the Sail hatchback and sedan versions with the 1.2 Liter petrol engine. The same petrol engine is expected to be carried over to the Enjoy MPV as well. The turbo diesel engine to be used on the Enjoy will be the 1.3 Liter turbo diesel engine that is also used on the Sail twins. The 1.3 Liter turbo diesel engine on the Enjoy is expected to output 77 Bhp-205 Nm and will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. Interestingly, India will be the first car market in the world to get a diesel engine powered version of the Chevrolet Enjoy MPV.
The Chevrolet Enjoy MPV traces its roots to China, with the MPV a rebadged and restyled version of the Wuling Hongguang MPV that has been developed by GM’s Chinese partner SAIC. GM sells the Hongguang across many parts of the emerging world with the Chevrolet Bow Tie on the bonnet. In all these markets, the Hongguang MPV is powered by a petrol engine options including the 1.2 Liter-86 Bhp unit. The Hongguang is also available with a 1.5 Liter petrol engine outputting 111 Bhp. The China-spec 2013 Wuling Hongguang MPV has just gotten itself a mild facelift. India though, will get the pre-facelift version.
In India, expect the Chevrolet Enjoy to undercut the Toyota Innova by quite a margin given the fact the Enjoy is a low cost MPV. A best seller in China, GM India could make a big impact at the hustings and take the fight up to the likes of the Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova if it manages to slot the Enjoy at around the Ertiga in terms of pricing or perhaps even undercut the Ertiga. Since the Enjoy MPV will feature over 80% of localization, expect a cracker of a price tag from GM India, as has been the case with the Sail sedan.