Late last month, General Motors completed the regional rollout of the 2021 Chevrolet Spin in South America with the launch of the updated model in Argentina. It is the third and final refresh for the first-generation subcompact-plus MPV, which has been on sale in that region of the continent for the last ten model years. Meanwhile, the company is working on a next-generation Chevrolet Spin that will preserve the current model’s affordability.
As GM Authority reported earlier this year, the next-generation Chevrolet Spin is one of four new vehicles that GM South America is developing in Brazil and that will launch during the 2020-2024 timeframe. Although several sources claim that the model will adopt a more crossover-like body, a Brazilian media has just obtained classified information revealing that the next Spin will continue to be the most affordable seven-seat vehicle in the South American market.
According to Motor1 Brasil, the next-generation Chevrolet Spin should preserve the current model’s main attributes, such as interior space and versatility, but without exceeding the price range in which it is offered today. A source linked to GM South America confirmed this by saying that “Spin’s customers need space at an affordable price, and that cannot be changed in the new generation.”
The source puts an end to an unsubstantiated rumor that circulated among some Brazilian media, which claimed that the second-generation Chevrolet Spin would be inspired by the current Chevrolet Orlando that’s exclusive to the Chinese market – which is illogic given the vehicles have different platforms and compete in different segments. While the Orlando is a standard C-segment MPV, the Spin is a rational, low-cost B-segment vehicle.
Structurally, the next Chevrolet Spin will ride a new long-wheelbase variant of the Global Emerging Market (GEM) platform utilized by the successful second-generation Chevrolet Onix and the new Chevrolet Tracker. It’s a simple yet advanced architecture designed with a focus on resource optimization and large international scalability, allowing the integration of modern components while keeping costs down.
Unlike the Onix and Tracker that were designed in collaboration with a team from China, the next-generation Chevrolet Spin is being developed exclusively by engineers from GM’s Brazilian subsidiary. The vehicle will continue to be manufactured at the São Caetano do Sul plant and its launch in South America is expected to occur sometime in 2022, after a delay in its development process caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.