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Chevrolet Optra Magnum Overview
Chevrolet Optra introduction and launch historyChevrolet Optra is one of the luxury cars manufactured by General Motors, launched in the 2002 in India, available with two engine options, a 1.6L or 1.8L. Optra Platinum is the costliest version and latest from General Motors. Optra Magnum was introduced by GM in India in 2007 and the model has both petrol and diesel variants. The Optra is more commonly known as the Lacetti in other parts of the world and its hatchback version known as the Chevrolet Optra SRV. Chevrolet Optra ExteriorNew Chevrolet Optra Magnum’s sleek aerodynamic design delivers a powerful pick-up. It has almond shaped front lamps that shine bright even when they are not in use. Chevrolet Optra Magnum has new trendy alloy wheels. The door handles of Chevrolet Optra Magnum are specially coated with chrome and the body of the car is molded with chrome inserts that in turn make the car exterior attractive. A comb grille is also specially designed along with the chrome inserts that adds more compliments to Chevrolet Optra Magnum’s aerodynamic solid body.Latest Chevrolet Optra Magnum sports the new nose, which is similar to that of the Optra SRV, but its front grill of the Magnum is slightly different from the SRV’s. Its pear shaped headlamps and the front grille add additioanlly compliments the car. Both petrol and diesel versions of Chevrolet Optra Magnum now-a-days come with new tail lights and new nose.Chevrolet Optra Magnum interiorsNew Optra interiors are designed in such a way that gives a powerful experience to the passengers while riding in the car. Its interiors are luxurious and classy. The Chevrolet Optra Magnum’s steering wheel is wrapped with special leather. The seats of the Chevrolet Optra Magnum along with its gear knob are all covered with two-toned beige leather. The leather interiors not only give a stylish edge but they also deliver comfort to the passengers.Apart from that, the Chevrolet Optra Magnum comes with an all new 2 DIN CD MP3 and cassette player. Chevrolet Optra Magnum’s 360 degree air vents keep the surroundings cool. The entire Chevrolet Optra Magnum has wood finish interiors that delivers a classy look.Chevrolet Optra VariantsDuring 2002, sedan version sold as Optra and the hatchback version sold as Chevrolet Optra SRV. Later on General Motors had launched 2L diesel engine. 1.6L Optra was available with three trim levels – Elite, Elite LS and Elite LT Royale. Optra 1.8L is available in two levels. They are LT and LT AT (automatic transmission).New Chevrolet Optra Magnum comes in six variants. They are Optra Magnum 2.0 Max, Optra Magnum 2.0LS, Optra Magnum 2.0 LT, Optra Magnum 1.6 LS, Optra Magnum 1.6 LT and Optra Magnum 1.6 Max.Chevrolet Optra Magnum PricesThe prices of Optra Magnum variants are – Optra Magnum 2.0 Max costs 880099 lakh, Optra Magnum 2.0LS costs 925927 lakh, Optra Magnum 2.0 LT costs 1037851 lakh, Optra Magnum 1.6 LS costs 820598 lakh, Optra Magnum 1.6 LT costs 938741 lakh and Optra Magnum 1.6 Max costs 788009 lakh. These are ex-showroom prices at Delhi in Indian Rupees. For the specific price the buyers need to contact the local dealers.Chevrolet Optra used car marketSome experts say that used Chevrolet Optra’s does not have a good resale value in India. However, the car comes with a three year warranty package/ 100,000Kms so people are not paying much heed to resale value.On-road performanceChevrolet Optra Magnum is an excellent vehicle that gives the experience of taking the jet on-road. Its initial pick-up and acceleration are awesome. Even the diesel engine Optra runs without any vibration. It delivers 13.5 Kms per liter.Chevrolet Optra Magnum test-drivesThe Optra’s suspension is extremely well suited for Indian roads. It glides smoothly on the roughest tracks and has a softer ride. The cabin is designed in such a way that exterior sounds are almost eliminated completely. While driving within the city, passengers inside the car will rarely experience jerks or vibrations.Comparisons between Optra and its rivals
- Chevrolet Optra has a much shorter waiting period than the Maruti Swift Dezire
- Honda City (IDSI Engine) has an electric power steering, which is smoother when compared to the Optra SRV’s. Experts say that Optra SRV’s power steering is heavier but at the same time the SRV has lesser space in the rear.
- Gears are slightly larger in the Optra SRV compared to those of the Dezire and Honda City (which have a comfortable gear throw).
- The vibrations and jerks are mild in both, the Honda City as well as Optra SRV.
- Pick-up is awesome in SRV compared to Honda City.
- Maintenance is pretty high in Honda City but not in Optra SRV.
- Price is competitive in its segment.
- The car is comfortable and spacious.
- Road grip and control are extraordinary.
- Excellent initial pick-up.
- Attractive exteriors and interiors.
- Average resale value.
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