Moving Towards the Future with Chevrolet

Published on December 15th, 2011

Chevrolet Sales Thailand (Chevrolet) underlined its leadership in future automotive technologies at today’s 28th Thailand International Motor Expo 2011, via the display of two concept vehicles – the Chevrolet EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) and Miray, in line with its theme ‘Further and Beyond the Future’. It also took the opportunity to display the new Captiva 2.0L diesel, in addition to a host of exciting models, including a crew-cab version of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado, special ‘Centennial Editions’ and other popular Chevrolet models.

The Chevrolet EN-V encapsulates the core principle of personal mobility – freedom – while helping remove the motor vehicle from the environmental debate and redefining design leadership. It is a two-seater electric vehicle designed to alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow’s cities. The EN-V, representing GM and Chevrolet’s vision of what personal mobility is by 2030, was first launched at the World Expo Shanghai in 2010. Currently in its second generation, the EN-V is the perfect, physical iteration of Chevrolet’s 100-year heritage of delivering innovative technology that improves lives, is accessible and affordable, to the people. It is also the perfect representation of Chevrolet’s direction for the next 100 years.

Meanwhile, the concept hybrid roadster, Miray, pays tribute to Chevrolet’s sports car heritage in a futuristic package. With an expressive, aerodynamic fuselage reminiscent of modern jet fighters, the body ismMade of carbon fiber and CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic). Distinctive retractable flaps provide additional airflow control while providing access to the charge port on one side and the fuel filler on the other. The charge port also features an external battery charge indicator.

The Miray is propelled by two front-mounted 15-kW electric motors for quick acceleration and zero emissions in urban driving. The motors are powered by a 1.6-kWh lithium-ion battery that is charged through regenerative braking energy. It also has the capability of being switched from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive configuration. When more performance is needed, a mid-mounted, 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine will integrate seamlessly with the electrification technology of the vehicle.

In addition to the concept vehicles, Chevrolet also showcased the new Captiva 2.0L diesel, which features a new in-line four-cylinder, 16-valve turbo-diesel commonrail VCDi engine, capable of delivering 163 PS of power at 3,800 rpm and 360 Nm of torque from 1,750 – 2,750 rpm. All the power and torque will be transmitted to the driving wheels via a first-in-class six-speed automatic transmission with DSC (Driver Shift Control).

The airy and spacious interior of the new Captiva, accentuated by mid-silver and chrome finishing, makes a statement in premium comfort and practicality. Standard on the LTZ variant is a seven-inch LCD ‘infotainment’ screen, which also comes with a navigation system. First-in-class features include the integration of the heat, ventilation and air-con (HVAC) controls on the steering wheel, and electrically-operated parking brake, via a switch on the center console.

Entertainment is provided via an eight-speaker sound system incorporating clever digital programming known as ‘3D Sound Staging’, which provides a well-rounded sound spectrum across interior of the vehicle. The audio system also includes auxiliary-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

The new Captiva 2.0L diesel is priced at THB 1,395,000 for the entry-level LSX, THB 1,620,000 for the mid-range LT and THB 1,699,000 for the top-of-the-range LTZ.

Visitors to Chevrolet’s booth will also get to see, for the first time in public, the crew-cab version of the all-new Colorado, which will be available in the first quarter of 2012. As usual, customers can expect a comprehensive combination of ride heights, engine capacity and drivetrain configurations.

Other exciting displays visitors can expect include a range of Chevrolet vehicles decked out in special trims, in celebration of Chevrolet’s centennial. The limited ‘Centennial Edition’ models include the Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 LTZ and Captiva 2.4 LSX.

The Chevrolet Cruze Centennial Edition is distinguished by a metallic white exterior, with newly-designed 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels. A ‘med titanium’ interior color scheme adds to the sporty feel. Only 230 units of the THB 1,013,000 Cruze Centennial Edition will be built.

The Captiva Centennial Edition also features a metallic white exterior, but comes with bigger, 19-inch alloy wheels and a complement of ‘aero’ parts in front, at the sides and at the rear. The cosmetic makeover is completed by clear-lens tail lights. The interior offers upgraded comfort and a navigation system as well as USB connectivity The Captiva Centennial Edition will be priced at THB 1,355,000 – 1,380,000 and only 200 units will be built, enhancing its exclusivity.

The Chevrolet EN-V, Miray, new Captiva 2.0L diesel, all-new Colorado crew-cab, Centennial Edition models and other exciting Chevrolet products will be on display at the 28th Thailand International Motor Expo 2011, in Booth A13, Challenger Hall, IMPACT Muangthong Thani, from December 1 – 12, 2011.

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