Fresh changes light up Lumina

2012-10-08 07:06

Chevrolet’s big V8 Luminas have been tweaked to deliver, the automaker says, better ride and handling and more secure braking.

The signature sedan and Ute have been imbued with a number of enhancements to pep up the range going into 2013.


A big-ticket item on the list of improvements is the introduction of a sport suspension package that has stiffer stabiliser bars and tuned shock-absorbers to improve the muscle cars’ handling.


The Luminas now ride on 19” alloys shod with “ultra high-performance low-profile tyres” while the the front brakes have also been updated. Four-piston, two-piece Brembo aluminium callipers grip the ventilated 355mm diameter discs.

As for cosmetic enhancements, a chromed belt line has been added to the sedan.

The mantra for the local Chev flagship remains “bigger is better” so its entertaining all-aluminium six-litre V8 with multi-point fuel injection is unchanged. Mated to the manual transmission, it produces 270kW (260kW on the six-speed automatic) and 530Nm of torque.

As befits its status within the Chevrolet SA range, the Luminas come with an Executive trim level that adds leather sport seats with electronic adjustment for the driver, auto aircon, cruise control and a driving information centre.

Safety features include six airbags on both the sedan and Ute versions, along with anti-locking brakes with brake force distribution and stability and traction control systems.

The Lumina and Lumina Ute are covered by a five-year or 120 000km warranty with roadside assistance and a three-year or 60 000km service plan. Service intervals are set at 15 000km (or one year).

Lumina Sedan 6.0 V8 SS automatic  -  R484 900
Lumina Sedan 6.0 V8 SS manual  -  R484 900
Option: Sunroof  -  R12 000

Lumina Ute 6.0 V8 SS automatic  -  R447 500
Lumina Ute 6.0 V8 SS manual  -  R447 500

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-10-08 08:28

    Does it comes with shares in Sasol?

  • riotousr - 2012-10-08 11:37

    I will have chips with mine, thank you.

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-10-08 15:14

    Why no mention of prices? Is someone frightened too?

      mogo.naut - 2012-10-08 16:47

      Okay wait for it.... -> R12.20 per liter :D hahahahaha

  • peet.myburgh - 2012-10-08 16:42

    The best on wheel's for your money

  • jacques.shepperson - 2012-10-08 17:11

    Lumina was the most reliable and comfortable car I ever owned...and I am still sorry I sold it... the problem was our roads are full of potholes and the low profile tyres and rims dont like it at all. One great car!!!

  • hilton.carroll - 2012-10-08 18:53

    What a miserable service plan - why not have a full maintenance plan for the duration of the warranty?

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-10-09 12:40

    Lumina needs to be put to rest and it will be very soon going by the collapsing Aussie motor trade and at that price, in SA it will no doubt flop even more putting aside the cost of fuel, pity such a nice car.

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-10-09 18:48


  • shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-10-09 19:35

    It's "growing an old fashion look" compared to the rest of the new chevy's.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-13 13:35

    \Better ride

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