Chevrolet Vivant

2003-10-09 10:50

The Vivant is a five-seater, with a length of 4.35 metres and has a height of 1.58 metres.

The car was styled by the famous Italian design studio Pininfarina.

The rear compartment of the Vivant is fitted with three individual back seats. Each seat can be folded up separately, pushed up against the front seats or taken out completely.

With five people on board, the payload is 325 litres, but if the rear seats are removed, the capacity is increased to 1 320 litres.

Vivant buyers in South Africa have a choice of two petrol engines with four-cylinder technology and two overhead camshafts.

The 1.6-litre LS version produces 77 kW at 6 000 r/min, while the 2-litre LS and LT engines generates 89 kW at 5 600 r/min.

The 1.6-litre LS delivers 142 Nm of torque at 3 400 r/min, and the 2-litre derivatives 176 Nm of torque at 4 000 r/min.

The Vivant has a five speed manual transmission and the 1.6-litre has a top speed of 167 km/h while the 2-litre can reach 180 km/h.

At the front, the wheels are suspended individually on McPherson struts, while at the rear, there is a torsion beam axle.

ABS is standard on the Vivant 2-litre LT.

The stable, crash-optimised body structure provides high levels of protection of the vehicle's occupants.

Special deformation zones, in which the impact energy can be specifically dissipated, have been incorporated in both the front and rear ends of the Vivant.

Every Vivant comes standard with a least a driver's side airbag, side impact beams, centrally high mounted brake lights, a collapsible steering column, as well as front and rear fog lamps.

The base model, the Vivant 1.6 LS, has many standard like air conditioner, fold-up tables in both back rests, electrically operated windows, power steering, radio/ CD-players and a height adjustable driver's seat.

All models' front passenger seat can also swivel 180 degrees to face rearwards.

The Chevrolet Vivant models will retail for R159 800 (1.6 LS), R173 000 (2.0 LS) and R197 900 (2.0 LT) respectively.

The vehicles are accompanied by a 3 year or 100 000 km warranty, and are available at Chevrolet dealerships countrywide.