General Motors hasn’t been in the news of late and that’s solely because the American automaker hasn’t brought out anything exciting to India. While Chevrolet is hot-topic worldwide right now for the new Corvette, the company continues to focus its effort on selling Chinese cars in the domestic market, the ones produced in collaboration with SAIC (Sail twins and Enjoy). It’s not like General Motors doesn’t have the cars to compete with established rivals, it just doesn’t want to get them. The Sonic twins and Trax can change GM’s India fortunes overnight but neither of these cars are headed here.
General Motors does want a pie of the growing compact SUV market. The company’s SUV offerings haven’t performed well, the Forester flopped due to pricing and lack of spare part availability while the Captiva is priced exorbitantly, keeping it out of reach of most prospects. General Motors will showcase a new compact SUV at the 2014 Auto Expo called Adra. This vehicle measures sub 4-metre in length and is based on GM’s Gamma 2 platform which underpins its small cars globally. Don’t mistake the vehicle with the Trax and we have used the pictures in this post for representation purpose only.
GM will only launch the Chevrolet Adra compact SUV in 2015 which means the production model will commence testing later this year. Powering the Adra would be the same engines which do duty on the Sail siblings, 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel powerplants. The vehicle will rub shoulders with the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. GM will also showcase the Beat facelift, Corvette C7 Stingray, Trailblazer, Camaro and a special edition Beat at the biennial event. There are no plans to sell the Corvette or the Camaro in our country.
Source – Autocar