General Motors has announced an update to its 2012 Chevy Tavera multi-utility vehicle (MUV), adding “extensive upgrades” inline with customer feedback to bring modernization up to the year 1994.
“Our engineers carried out an extensive upgrade of the popular Tavera, based on customer feedback…the result is a stylish yet durable vehicle that is perfectly suited for personal and business use. With the help of this new Tavera we will be able to now sell the vehicle in 13 cities where BS-IV norms are applicable,” GM India President and Managing Director Lowell Paddock told journalists on Wednesday.
In referring to BS-IV, Mr. Paddock is referring to an Indian-market emissions standard, Bharat Stage IV. The criteria references the Euro 4 standard, as India has adopted European emission and fuel regulations for four-wheeled vehicles, while the 13 cities include Delhi (NCR — National Capital Region) along with Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur, Lucknow, Sholapur, and Agra.
The update is officially called Tavera Neo 3 and carries a price between Rs. 7.51 lakh and 10.34 lakh, or $14,721 and $20,268 (at time of publication). According to GM India Vice-President P. Balendran, the division expects to sell 25,000 units of the Tavera in 2012 compared to about 21,000 units the year before.
For the uninitiated, the Tavera is a compact people mover that’s based on an aging (archaic?) Isuzu vehicle known as the Panther, AUV, HiLander, or Crosswind — depending on the market. Tavera features 15-inch wheels, a turbo diesel mill mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and seating for 7 or 10 (in three rows). From what we understand, airbags are not available, but a new instrument cluster inspired by the Corvette is present and accounted for.