Chevrolet Essentia Compact Sedan Coming in 2017

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At the Auto Expo in February 2016, General Motors announced its plans to launch a compact sedan based on next-gen Chevrolet Beat in 2017. It will be based on 2017 Chevrolet Beat’s platform. GM India revealed an almost production-ready version of the Beat compact sedan at the Auto Expo in February, christened the Essentia. The new Beat and its derivatives will help GM to increase its share from current 2.2 percent in the Indian automobile market. Expect the launch of the compact sedan to take place in the first quarter of 2017. You can read more about the Beat compact sedan aka Chevrolet Essentia India launch date, price, images, specs, mileage and details here

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Chevrolet Essentia India Launch Date

Model Expected Launch Date
New 2017 Chevrolet Essentia Launch in India Early 2017

Although the Essentia showcased at the Auto Expo seemed to be in a near production-ready state, the Beat-based sub-compact sedan is still some months away from its market launch. While the manufacturer is yet to make an announcement of the exact Chevrolet Essentia India launch date, they have stated the launch will take place in early 2017. Recently, heavily camouflaged units of the Essentia compact sedan were caught undergoing testing on Indian roads.

GM India President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem said, “Chevrolet is focused on delivering to our Indian customers the safe, high-quality vehicles they want backed by the world-class customer experience they deserve. We have a strong plan to launch at least five new Chevrolet models within the space of 24 months, including the new Trailblazer, new Beat, Essentia, new Cruze and Beat Activ.”

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This compact sedan will be accompanied by the 2017 Chevrolet Beat hatchback and Beat Activ crossover. This car will be placed below the Honda Amaze, Swift Dzire, Ford Aspire and the likes. Keeping the dimensions in mind, the Essentia is likely to rival the upcoming Tiago based compact sedan.

Also See – 2017 Chevrolet Cruze | Chevrolet Beat Diesel Review

Chevrolet Essentia Price in India

Model Estimated Price
Chevrolet Essentia Base Model Rs. 4.10 lakh
Chevrolet Essentia Top Model Rs. 6.50 lakh

The Essentia will be cheaper than the current crop of compact sedans such as the Dzire and the Amaze. It will come with an estimated starting price of INR 4.10 lakhs.

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Among the chief rivals of the Essentia will be the Tata Tiago Compact Sedan. Showcased as the Kite 5, the upcoming Tata compact sedan will be launched early next year. While the Tata Kite 5 price will be announced at the time of its launch, we are guessing that it would undercut the price of Chevrolet Essentia in India by a small margin. Both the Kite5 and the Essentia will be available in Petrol and Diesel variants. Additionally, the Essentia might come with a CNG kit keeping the taxi market in mind. Check out the Chevrolet Essentia specifications in the below section for more details.

Chevrolet Essentia Specifications in India

Chevrolet Essentia India Specs
Engine Displacement 1 .2-Litre, 4-Cylinder Petrol;1.0-litre, 3-Cyl-Diesel
Max. Power 80.5 PS at 6,200 rpm (P); 57.1 PS at 4,000 rpm (D)
Peak Torque 108 Nm at 4,400 rpm (P); 142.5 Nm at 1,750 rpm (D)
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
Mileage (est.) 18.6 kpl (P); 25.44 kpl (D)
Dimensions (LxBxH) 3,640 mm x 1,595 mm x 1520 mm
Wheelbase 2,375 mm
Ground Clearance 175 mm

Talking about current Chevrolet Beat, the hatchback comes with 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.0-litre Diesel engine. The 1,199 cc 4-Cylinder in-line DOHC petrol engine churns out a max. power of 80.5 PS and a peak torque of 108 Nm. On the other hand, the 936 cc 3-Cylinder turbocharged Diesel engine produces a max. power of 57.1 PS and a peak torque of 142.5 Nm. Both the engines come mated to 5-speed manual transmission.

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(Left-Right) Essentia, Beat Activ, Beat Hatchback

Chevrolet Essentia India Images

Chevrolet Essentia India – Mileage

Petrol 18-19 KMPL
Diesel 25-26 KMPL

As it will get its engines from the current Beat, they will offer more or less the same fuel economy. While the Chevrolet Essentia Diesel could have a claimed fuel mileage of 25-26 kpl, the Petrol variant is likely to offer up to 19 kpl.

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GM is planning to export its car from India to Mexico, South Africa and other Latin American markets. It has already started exporting the current Beat to Chile.

Chevrolet Essentia India – Dimensions

Length 3640 mm
Width 1595 mm
Height 1520 mm
Wheelbase 2375 mm
Ground Clearance 175 mm

The dimensions of the car are 3,640 x 1,595 x 1520 mm (Length, width, height respectively) with a wheelbase of 2,375 mm and ground clearance of 175 mm.

Chevrolet Beat Essentia Exterior Design

As we mentioned earlier, the Essentia compact sedan will be based on the new Beat that will come next year. It will feature the same front end as the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Beat. The front end is new and features smaller headlamps. At the back, there are vertical tail lamps that may get LED detailing. While the boot has been designed smartly, it does not gel very well with the overall design of the car. Then again, there aren’t many compact sedans out there that genuinely look good. Other design highlights include 10 spoke alloy wheels, chrome lining for the window sill and chrome applique over the number plate area.

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Chevrolet Essentia Interior Design

The interiors of the Chevrolet Beat compact sedan will feature light colour upholstery. The pre-production concept that was on display at the Auto Expo featured the current Beat’s steering. However, new bits include a new touchscreen AVN unit, new speedo and tacho console among others. While rear seat space might not witness a significant increase in space, there could be a generous 300 litre boot on offer. The Essentia gets the same basic dashboard layout as the current Beat. The final production ready form could feature a new steering wheel design and a different colour scheme.

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Chevrolet Essentia Compact Sedan Features

  • Split chrome grille
  • Fog lamps
  • Alloy wheels
  • Chrome garnish on boot
  • Chrome lining on window sill
  • Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Air conditioning (Manual)
  • Dual front airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Central locking
  • Rear centre armrest

Chevrolet Essentia Compact Sedan Engine and Transmission

All three upcoming Chevrolet Beat derivatives will share engine and transmission options. They will continue using the 1.2 L petrol and 1.0 L Diesel engines that power the current Beat. Both engines will get a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. In its current state of tune, the 1.2 Petrol makes around 80 PS of maximum power and 108 Nm of peak torque. The 1. 0 L Diesel put out a maximum power of 57 PS and peak torque of 147 Nm. Chevrolet might tune these engines for better fuel efficiency. There is no word on the availability of an automatic transmission option yet.

Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for more on the Chevrolet Essentia India launch, prices, specifications and mileage.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. GM is wasting its money on these kinda crap cars….. whatta boring n sadist body design..i mean overlooks this tractor kinda interiors… forget increasing 2.2 share, nobody will buy this shit car….. have some standards chevrolet….this is not India of 2000’s…. take a cue from hyundai

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