After a surprising and unusual revelation in mid-May in China, the all-new Chevrolet Groove will arrive in South America very soon – the first region to receive the vehicle. After the initial assembly of a small batch of units, GM Authority has learned that the series production of this Chevrolet-rebadged Baojun 510 officially started on June 17 and General Motors is preparing its imminent international debut.
The new Chevrolet Groove, whose project code is CN180S, will become the brand’s smallest crossover and will gradually be exported to some 40 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and other regions. Like the new Captiva – a rebadged Baojun 530 – the Groove will round out Chevrolet’s utility portfolio in some emerging markets as the most affordable model below the all-new Tracker.
As SAIC-GM-Wuling announced when it first showed the vehicle, exports of the Chevrolet Groove kicked off late last month, with the shipment of the first units for launch in South America. Due to the restrictions generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not yet clear in which country the new Groove will be initially launched.
First released in 2017, the Baojun 510 was developed from the outset as a global vehicle and is one of the most popular models in its segment in China – where it recently topped its first million units sold. GM’s joint venture in the Asian country only made minor aesthetic adjustments to adapt it to Chevrolet’s corporate image, including the inclusion of the horizontal three-bar grille.
Although not yet officially announced, the Chevrolet Groove must be equipped with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 105 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be combined with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. This simple powertrain has a good reputation in the Chinese market for its high reliability and low maintenance costs.
All the details of the new Chevrolet Groove will be revealed shortly, when its international debut in South America materializes. SAIC-GM-Wuling has said it expects to ship around 10,000 units in the Groove’s first year on sale, a number that will increase as the utility vehicle begins its gradual rollout in the aforementioned emerging markets.