Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Vince Pornelos, Suzuki, Maruti, Nissan, Toyota | posted July 16, 2013 13:42
How does the Spin measure up?
So the Chevrolet Spin is set to arrive in the Philippines next month, courtesy of The Covenant Car Company as their entry to slot in under the larger Chevrolet Orlando.
Developed largely in GM Brazil and manufactured in Indonesia, the 7-seat Spin will be Chevrolet's competitor in the relatively new mini/compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment, against the likes of the Toyota Avanza, Suzuki APV and somewhat against the larger Nissan Grand Livina, though not in terms of projected pricing.
The Spin also directly competes with the Suzuki Ertiga albeit in the Indonesian-market, as it has yet to be brought here by Suzuki Philippines.
How does it measure up against the all the other 7-seat compact MPVs then? Check out the list below:
Chevrolet Spin LTZ
Length: 4360mm / Width: 1735mm / Height: 1664mm / Wheelbase: 2620mm
Toyota Avanza 1.5G
Length: 4140mm / Width: 1690mm / Height: 1595mm / Wheelbase: 2600mm
Length: 4155mm / Width: 1655mm / Height: 1840mm / Wheelbase: 2625mm
Suzuki Ertiga (Indonesian market)
Length: 4265mm / Width: 1685mm / Height: 1695mm / Wheelbase: 2740mm
Nissan Grand Livina 1.8L (For reference purposes)
Length: 4420mm / Width: 1690mm / Height: 1595mm / Wheelbase: 2600mm
Chevrolet Orlando (For reference purposes)
Length: 4652mm / Width: 1836mm / Height: 1633mm / Wheelbase: 2760mm
What's clear is that against its direct competition, the Chevrolet Spin is the longest and the widest at 4360mm and 1735mm. The APV is still the tallest overall at 1840mm. The other Suzuki in the group, the Ertiga also gets the longest wheelbase at 2740mm.
Where the Chevrolet Spin holds a lot of promise is in the powertrain department, as when it arrives it will have a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with 107 PS and 148 Newton meters with a class-first 6-speed automatic. What's more promising is the option for the 1.3L 4-cylinder turbo CRDI diesel with 75 PS and 190 Nm and a manual transmission.
Given the level of features, equipment and other bits, we estimate the Chevy Spin to be priced somewhere between PhP 788,888 and PhP 878,888, slightly higher than the top-spec Avanza. There's still no definite pricing from TCCCI, and that will be key to how well the Chevrolet Spin will be received.