Chevrolet is preparing to launch a new generation Niva and its first images have been leaked online. 2016 Chevrolet Niva is the new compact SUV from Chevrolet in the entry level segment of compact SUVs. The car surely have the American rugged look and stands with brand’s design philosophy. Specifically made for the Russian market the car was also showcased in its concept version in 2014 Moscow Auto Show.
By now we know that GM India is mulling plans to launch compact SUV in the Indian market and this could be the highest possible chance of getting the story true. Possible reasons take us to that conclusion are the styling and design of the compact SUV and the market its designed for. 2016 Chevrolet Niva looks very much similar to Ford EcoSport’s design and also measures under 4 meter. This brings the advantage of compact SUV segment for Chevrolet Niva.
Design wise the front end has a prominent Chevy grille and faux skid plates gives the high ground clearance feel in the design. Headlamps are swept back and look very similar to Ford’s EcoSport. Overall the side profile is also looking similar to Ford EcoSport and also the rear spare wheel.
On the power-train side the 1.3 liter diesel motor and 1.2 liter petrol motor already available with GM India for Sail sedan and Sail U-VA hatchback. The product line-up from GM India is really not doing good in terms of sales numbers and this compact SUV could act as a trump card to bring back the market share in the compact SUV market for GM India.
A price tag of under 6 lakh for base variant petrol engined SUV will be perfect to compete with Hyundai Creta, Ford’s EcoSport and Renault-Nissan’s Duster and Terrano twins. We expect the launch of this SUV by end of 2016 as the car hasn’t started its testing rounds in Indian soil yet. This could be serious game changer for GM India if it comes within the first half of 2016.