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Chevrolet Offers Media a Preview of Lifestyle with the All-New Spin

  • Chevrolet, the brand that introduced the first MPV in Thailand, re-enters the segment with all-new Spin
  • Full seven-seats in edgy and contemporary styling with car-like handling and ride comfort
  • The Spin will be offered with LTZ trim in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand: Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new Spin to the Thai media, in an exclusive preview ahead of the upcoming Bangkok International Motor Show. The Spin is a global sub-compact (B-segment in Thailand) seven-seater MPV (Multipurpose Vehicle) designed to offer space, comfort, versatility, efficiency and superior ride and handling in an edgy, contemporary and muscular design package.

More than 10 years ago, Chevrolet introduced the first MPV in Thailand, the Zafira, and consequently created a new market segment in the industry. The Zafira was so successful it was named ‘MPV of the Year’ in Thailand for three consecutive years. Customers of the original Zafira have enjoyed their vehicles and many Zafiras can still be seen on Thailand’s roads today. The all-new Spin is not the replacement for the Zafira, but follows in the MPV footsteps – the roots – created by Chevrolet.

The Spin is aimed at modern Thailand. It is perfectly suited to motorists requiring affordable space for a young family in modern comfort and on a relatively compact footprint. It is also the perfect accessory for young urbanites looking for a vehicle to share with their friends on a weekend trip or on other leisure and recreational activities. Offered with rich trim levels and equipment, the Spin is affordable, in terms of selling price and ownership costs – an important consideration for young families and urbanites in Thailand.

The preview was held at The Flow House in the heart of Bangkok, giving the media and guests insights into how the Spin is suitable for the lifestyles of young families and young urbanites who require a vehicle with the carrying capacity but one which does not sacrifice comfort, space and drivability despite its compact dimensions.

The Spin will be manufactured in GM Indonesia’s new facility in Bekasi and in addition to Thailand and Indonesia it will also be exported to the Philippines.

General Motors Southeast Asia Operations President Martin Apfel said, “The Spin completes our product portfolio in Thailand. It fills the gap between sedans and full-size SUVs or trucks.”

He continued, “The Spin is perfect for young families and urbanites who like to share their leisure and recreational activities with friends. The development team, which included engineers from this region, has managed to build a sub-compact MPV that caters specifically to these groups. With full seven seats, space for all occupants in a quiet, roomy, practical and flexible interior. Finished in a fresh, modern, rugged and muscular exterior. All on a compact platform.”

The Spin was designed from the ground up using a global Chevrolet platform. Inputs by Chevrolet engineers from the region were incorporated right from the start of the project and throughout the design and manufacturing stages.

Apfel added, “Owning and driving a sub-compact MPV does not mean ‘mundane ’. We wanted to make an MPV that was fun to own and drive. An MPV that could become a part of the owners’ lifestyles. And contribute to it. It is a lifestyle enabler.”

He continued, “We spent a large amount of attention on its exterior and interior design, powertrain choices, ride and handling, comfort and overall fit and finish. The Spin is purpose-built to satisfy the requirements of our customers in this part of the world.”

Design

The Spin’s lines, which incorporates Chevrolet’s now-famous dual-port front grille, is contemporary and lends credence to the fact that small MPVs don’t have to look ‘utilitarian’.

Led by a team from General Motors do Brasil, a lot of attention went into the exterior design so the Spin does not look like ‘just another MPV’. Its muscular and imposing lines give it a modern yet distinctive presence, while its stance and proportions, helped by a high belt-line and impressive side-lines make it look bigger than it actually is. It looks unmistakably Chevrolet.

Interior

Attention to detail was also an important part of the Spin’s interior design – the main priorities were to develop a seven-seater with space and comfort for all passengers while maintaining a high level of flexibility. The interior is versatile, modern and comes with a touch of sportiness. At the same time, the driver and passengers must have a sense of roominess when they are inside the Spin.

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To meet these objectives, the Spin’s interior space is utilized as efficiently as possible, including relocating the parking brake lever to make space for cup holders. Despite the focus on space-utilization, ergonomics and accessibility to the vehicle’s controls and switches have not been compromised. In addition to 23 configurable seating positions, the Spin has a total of 32 storage spaces throughout its interior. It also has a cargo capacity of 162 liters in seven-seater configuration, which increases to 864 liters with the rear-most seats folded. Folding down the center row will give the Spin even more cargo space, up to 1,608 liters.

A high 'theatre-style' seating position provides all passengers with good all-round view and a sense of roominess, while enhancing visibility and reducing fatigue for the driver.

The Spin’s interior also features Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit layout, accentuated by a two-tone instrument panel with details to provide a premium feel. The driver faces an instrument binnacle that houses a digital speedometer flanked by an analog tachometer, adding a touch of sportiness to the Spin’s interior. In low lighting conditions, the instruments are illuminated by Chevrolet’s now-famous ice-blue illumination.

Another important element in the Spin’s interior is insulation – the interior is well-insulated to isolate occupants from noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), providing a very quiet ride.

Ride and Handling

To complement the quiet ride and enhance its car-like environment, the Spin features fully-independent front and semi-independent rear suspension, tuned to provide best-in-segment ride and handling. It is compliant in city driving while offering high-speed stability at a level unprecedented in vehicles in this segment. The handling has been tuned to provide the driver with responsive control without sacrificing passenger comfort. Coil spring is standard all around.

Engine, Transmission and Trim Levels

In Thailand, the Spin will come in LTZ trim. Powering the Spin is a 1.5L four-cylinder DOHC (Double Overhead Camshafts), 16-valve with Dual-VVT (Dual Variable Valve Timing) gasoline engine, which features Multi-Point Fuel Injection. It is rated to produce 107 PS at 6,000 rpm and 148 Nm at 3,800 rpm.

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with driver-shift control – a segment first. The six speed transmission is standard and the ratios and final drive have been selected to specifically match the power characteristics of the engine to give the best performance and fuel economy.

The Spin comes standard with dual air-conditioning (front/rear), four-speaker CD/MP3 player, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, DC power outlets, Follow-Me-Home safety function and anti-theft system. It also features ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), airbag for driver and passenger, pre-tensioners for the front safety belts and roof rail.

Chevrolet is confident the Spin will be highly attractive from the viewpoint of price versus standard features and equipment.

Development

Validation tests for the Spin were performed on four continents in various countries around the world. The SEA regional development team, which was involved in the Spin’s development from the beginning, tested the Spin’s vehicle performance for NVH, comfort, ride and handling and powertrain performance on roads in this region.

The team was also instrumental in ensuring the Spin met specific local requirements. These include feedback on the flexible seating arrangements and positions, driver arrangement (for left- and right-hand-drive versions), passenger accommodation and fuel considerations.

On right-hand-drive versions, some powertrain variants and air-conditioning for the rear compartment were developed to meet specific local requirements. Clinics were also held around the world including in SEA, to better understand local market requirements. These provided the development team with important data including customer perceptions and country-specific conditions and were incorporated into the final production model.

As an important product offering by Chevrolet, the Spin has all the winning attributes – great design, flexibility, agility, spaciousness and efficiency in a compact package, perfectly suited for the congested confines of urban commute, yet a joy to drive on open roads. It is the answer for urban motorists, especially young families and urbanites in Thailand who require a full seven-seat people carrier in a compact footprint, and Chevrolet is confident the Spin will fit this segment perfectly.

The Spin will be officially launched and available for booking at the upcoming Bangkok International Motor Show.