Jude P. Morte / | February 22, 2005 00:00The past year featured several entries into the midsize sedan market – examples are the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Cefiro - each displacing more than two liters.
General Motors Automobiles Philippines has seen the light of this new automotive trend, recently launching the new Chevrolet Lumina at the Fort. This midsize passenger sedan displaces 2.5 liters of 90-octane unleaded gasoline, producing 152 hp and 154 lbs. ft. of torque. Mated to the Lumina's engine is a four-speed automatic that brings all that hp and torque to the ground, producing a 173km/h top speed and a 0-100km/h time of 12.8 seconds. Interestingly, emissions are kept to a minimum in this car, thanks to a EURO II-level three-way catalytic converter.
Providing a comfortable ride for the Lumina's occupants is a four-way independent suspension rolling on 15-inch wheels and P215/70R15 tires. The Lumina's primary safety system features four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking systems (ABS), an onboard vehicle diagnosis system, a tire pressure monitor and integrated turn signal/headlight housings in transparent crystal. In case of accidents, five seatbelts (two for the front passengers, three for the rear) and front dual airbags restrain passengers from slamming towards the dashboard. To reinforce cabin protection, the Lumina's body features an integrated steel body structure (with impact protection) and GM's proprietary Safety Steel Four-Door Beams. To prevent theft, the Lumina features an engine immobilizer and a central locking system.
The one behind the wheel will love the Lumina's keyless entry, its eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, its remote trunk opener and power-assisted dashboard gauge cluster-level side mirror adjuster. The steering wheel features a leather-wrapped steering wheel (with a tilt-adjustable steering column) and hydraulic power steering. Passengers are sure to enjoy the handsome leather appointments and faux wood trim found all around the Lumina's interior, along with a rear seat storage armrest (plus dual cupholders), electronic climate control and a compact disc (CD)/radio-ready head unit with six speakers and a glass-printed antenna.
The exterior is sure to illuminate onlookers and fellow motorists, thanks to the Lumina's chrome grille, front/rear foglamps, stainless steel finish dual exhaust tips and body colored bumpers/OSRV mirror.
Siddharta Gautama found enlightenment after meditating under a tree for nearly a decade. Perhaps customers with the necessary Php 1.290M may find enlightenment - via the Chevrolet Lumina - after mediating with their nearest GM dealer (and their checkbook) as soon as possible.