If there's one thing that Chevrolet Philippines could add to their local lineup, it's another crossover. Sure there's the Trax, but it's priced above PhP 1 million, not exactly affordable to say the least. So what can Chevy do in order to get a bigger slice of the crossover market? By launching a smaller model to slot below the Trax.
Chevrolet was able to do just that by launching the all-new 2021 Groove. Recently revealed in South America, the new crossover will serve as the brand's smallest offering in the region, as well as in markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and others.
Those familiar with the Thai-spec Captiva might find the Groove's exterior design familiar. That's because the Groove is actually based on the Baojun 510 made by SAIC-GM-Wuling (The Captiva is based on the Baojun 530). It gets a mean-looking front fascia that is complemented by a large grille, thin LED daytime running lights and a sporty-looking front bumper.
Giving the Groove its more rugged looks are the squared wheel arches, black body cladding, and distinct alloy wheels. Finally, the crossover gets a pair of wraparound taillights and a semi-floating roof design that gives it a sleeker appearance.
Inside, the crossover features an ergonomic dashboard that comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fabric or leather-trimmed seats, as well as automatic climate control complete with toggle switches. Other available features on the 2021 Groove are a sunroof, push-button start, two-tone interior finish, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Under the hood, the Groove packs a 1.5-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. It makes 110 PS with 146 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that drives the front wheels. In other markets, the Groove can be specified with a CVT.
With General Motors Thailand set to shutter Chevrolet operations by the end of this year, the bow-tie brand's model lineup in ASEAN (as well as in the Philippines) will likely shrink. But perhaps Chevy can fill those gaps by adding more crossovers like the Groove to drive up sales. The only question now is will this be available for Chevrolet Philippines to expand their crossover offerings?