Chevrolet cars have always been one of India’s most favorite cars. Though from an American manufacturer, this car manufacturer have done some really good business in many countries. A wide range of vehicles are sold every year by this company and currently and current one of the most stylish cars available in the Indian market is the Chevrolet Tavera. The sales of the car have improved in the country highly and today it is the highly popular MPV. Chevrolet is the 5th largest car seller in India and the diesel MPV was launched in the country in 2004. The reason why this car has been showing impressive sales is because it is perfectly suited for Indian road conditions. The manufacturing facilities offered by this company are spread across the top 213 cities. While the top manufacturing plants are in Gujarat and Maharashtra, the technical center is found in Bangalore. Two powerful diesel engines of the car are available currently. Seven, eight, nine or even a ten seater option is currently provided in this country. There are many single paint color options available today which is sure to delight the car lovers. We at Ecardlr decide to lay our hands on this stunning newbie from Chevrolet to know how it performs on our Indian roads.
There is something very special about Chevrolet Tavera. The exteriors are remarkable and this vehicle offers a very hefty stance. The structure of the vehicle is quite aerodynamic. The sleek outline of the car is hard to miss. A perforated classy and matte exterior has been given to the front façade. This gives it the ideal bold and robust look. The front radiator grille has got a chrome treatment. The entire broad horizontal stripe is divided into two parts. The crest of the company is prominently embedded in the thick stripe.
A newly styled head light cluster is found on the aggressive radiator grille. Powerful halogen lamps also power it. The integrated side turn indicators cannot also be missed. The driver is given better visibility due to these indicators. The front bumper is body colored and is located just below the grille. The engine can be cooled easily with the help of the large aim dam in the bumper. A pair of new fog lamps is installed on the bumper and it is surrounded with a chrome finish to impart a classy look. The outside rear windows are body colored which makes the side profile look lustrous. It also has body colored doors along with tailgate handles. To make the appearance enticing, new body side graphics are installed on the sides. The wheel arches are all flared up and they have 15 inch alloy wheels fitted in them. The size of the wheels is 15 x 6.0 JJ and tubeless radial tyres cover them. Thus, a superior road trip in exchange of money can be promised. In this model line, the company has also integrated a top end rim. It also has rear and front mud flaps that add to the elegance of the MPV.
The rear end of the Chevrolet Tavera has a wind screen with a high mounted stop lamp. The tail gate has the prominent emblem of the company. Other interesting features include high level stop lamp, chrome treated rear license garnish, two side steeps for two sides etc.
The interior of the car is crucial as there is need for sufficient room space for people to relax and spread out. Since this vehicle is an MUV, there can be no worries relating to space. The interior of the cabin are surprisingly flamboyant and has all the right blend of features. A two tone interior scheme has been used to make the car look extremely stylish from inside. Light Cashmere and Dark Pewter shades have been used in the inside. But, the convincing part is the seating arrangement, which is quite satisfactory. As per expectation, it is gently roomy and the seats have a premium quality soft cashmere fabric on it. The upholstery is done on properly with the help of design inserts and the inside has enough leg room, head space and good shoulder room. Depending on the variants, 7 to 10 passengers can be easily accommodated within the car. Thus, the occupants would be able to ride with pleasure and comfort.
Elbow room is adequate and shoulder and head space is also quite nice. The front and the rear knee room are quite adequate and passengers can have a great time. Besides the basic comfortable set up, there are other comfortable features inside the car. Dual glove boxes, full fabric floor carpet, tilt quarter window and a power steering with three spokes. The Chevrolet logo is right in the middle. The logo has ice blue illumination and a stylish new instrument cluster. There is a front as well as a rear lamp for increasing the utility of the inside.
A high gloss dark chequered finish is offered in the inside. The door handles also have fabric covering. There are back magazine pockets on the front seat. Basically, the features inside this car are practical and offer total comfort. Other features fitted inside the cabin and only for comfort, include the dual horn, front and rear room lamp, remote fuel lid opener, a dead pedal and also a low fuel warning indicator. For added security of valuables there is a lockable glove box too. A spare wheel under fitted under the floor is for emergency purposes. The HVAC unit inside the car is quite proficient and can easily cool the massive cabin of the vehicle within less time. The second and third row AC vents also serve the same purpose.
This MUV has an astray and cigarette lighter and the window glasses are tinted. A vanity mirror is provided for the front co-passenger. Power windows and foldable seats make the car even more useful. The single DIN auto unit has an MP3 or CD player. It has four speakers along with two tweeters present in the front part. The music system has a remote control. The car has a spacious center console that has a cup holder too. The 12V power sockets are for charging any gadgets while one is travelling. There is a rear wash and wipe function along with a tachometer, a rear wind screen defogger, coat hooks and several other helpful features.
HEART OF THE MATTER
Engine performance of a vehicle is actually the deciding factor. A power diesel engine has been inserted into the Chevrolet Tavera. It has two options from where people can choose from. A power packed 2 liter engine has been used for this car. The diesel engine is actually a turbo diesel compression ignition based engine. The engine is highly influential and it actually complies with the BS – IV. This diesel engine offers a displacement capacity close to 1994cc. A highly advanced common rail fuel supply system is used here. It has eight valves and 4 cylinders in it. The engine is power packed and has an ability to churn out as much as 4000rpm at 105.30bhp. The maximum torque yielded is 263.70Nm at 2500rpm. Such a power is good for Indian roads and it is therefore a great engine.
A competent and smooth five speed diesel gear box is fitted in the car. This car can give a mileage of 9 to 12 Kmpl. They are also driven under standard conditions. This diesel engine has the ability to offer a massive turn from 0 to 100 kmph with 21 to 23 seconds. The top speed that this car can attain ranges between 135 to 140 kmph. This makes this engine a great addition. The other engine type Bharat Stage – III compliant diesel mill and it is more powerful and influential than the previous one. It can displace as much as 2499cc. It has been equipped with a direct injection fuel supply system which is highly advanced. It also has a turbo charger. Four cylinders and 16 valves have been inserted within its body. This diesel engine is power packed and it can garner 78.90bhp at 3900rpm. The maximum torque yielded by it is186Nm at 1800rpm. This is a brilliant feature of the machine. It has a manual transmission gearbox which is highly competent and has been skillfully mated. This BS – III compliant muscular MPV, provides a mileage of 11 to 15 Kmpl. With 20 to 22 seconds, this engine can take the car as fast as 100 kmph. Its top speed is also quite impressive.
The car will completely ensure that its inmates reach their destined places within the right time. The wheels are extremely sturdy and can deal with practically any road condition. A robust set of 15 inch alloy wheels are found in the higher variants of this car. The size of the wheels is 15 x 6.0 JJ, and the tubeless tyres that cover them are 205/65 R15 in size. The steel wheels are of the same diameter and they are attached along with similar looking tubeless tyres. This spacious MUV has full size spare wheels and it is fitted in the boot compartment. There, the tools used for tyre changing are present.
But, it is difficult to maintain road manners if the braking system of the car does not work properly. The elegant and roomy car has the right suspension mechanism which offers a highly proficient braking system to the car. A ventilated disc type braking system has been used for the front brakes. Solid drum brakes have been used for the rear wheels. This efficient braking is offered. A double wishbone type mechanism has been used in the front axle. It is fitted with a torsion bar spring. An anti roll bar is also attached along with it. A semi-elliptical leaf spring type has been used in the rear axle. Thus, the steadiness of the vehicle is maintained. Gas filled shock absorbers have been used in this line car of cars by Chevrolet. Thus, trouble free driving experience is offered.
The car market of the country is currently highly lucrative. Launching this car has made the market of Chevrolet even better. With the integration of high advanced and vital features, complete security and protection of the car has been ensured. Child safety locks have also been installed in the car. This has ensured enhanced protection and safety of the car. For increasing the degree of visibility, halogen head lamps have been used. Intermittent wipers are attached in the front screen. This high tech car offers remote central locking along with opportunity for keyless entry.
It appears that Chevrolet has become quite wiser in all these years. This car has everything that was missing in the past cars. Within a price range of Rs 7.6 to 11 lakhs this car is providing the right value for money. The internal cabin is spacious and also highly comfortable. The decent ground clearance offered by it is not found with majority cars today. The dual tone exteriors give this car a decent look and charm. But the final privilege offered by this car over other is the 10 seat capacity. There is no way a person with a big family will thing of any other car. The alloy wheels and music system is also quite impressive. The pickup and acceleration of the vehicle is not very good. If the fuel economy would have been better, this car would have secured full marks in all areas. The power steering system and base variant does not have air conditioners. Due to the big size of the car, comfort is not at all an issue. The only issue would be making it through narrow lanes. The plus point is this vehicle ride proudly past its slight negativities and therefore it is a great thing to put money on.