General Motors has referred to India has the last great automotive frontier to conquer. As the Indian market continues to grow and boom, and standards of living rise, GM is keen to capitalize on the opportunity and create loyal customers for life.
That move begins today with the introduction of the Chevrolet Essentia mini sedan. Essentially a Chevrolet Beat (Chevrolet Spark in North America), the Essentia combines the functionality of the hatchback design of the Beat/Spark with a modern sedan look for the Indian consumer.
Chevrolet said it hopes to broaden its consumer base with the Essentia sedan, and a lush features list should appeal to the growing maturity of the Indian consumer. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are forefront in the Essentia, while dual air bags, ABS and a rear camera round out new, modern features.
Chevrolet does note the Essentia as a “concept” vehicle that previews a production vehicle. Expect the production model to look nearly identical to what you see here. At this time, though, Chevrolet has not released mechanical specifications for the sedan.
Editor’s note: the Chevrolet Essentia never made it to production, and Chevrolet has since pulled out of the Indian market.