As per ET Auto, sources have confirmed the development and the production of the 'RU30' will start by the end of 2017. Isuzu could share the vehicle with GM and maybe co-branding as Isuzu and GM or GM could carry it on its own with the Chevrolet brand.
The RU30 could be offered to challenge the dominant Toyota Innova, with this GM will try and get back some market share which it lost ground. GM's sale of units has come down to half of what it used to sell in 2011.
The US automaker has recently unveiled the Chevrolet Beat Activ, New Beat, and Chevrolet Essentia compact sub-four-metre sedan at the Auto Expo 2016, and will be exporting from its Talegaon plant in Maharashtra.
GM's Tavera is actually the Isuzu's Panther with whom it is looking to source the new diesel engine since the current emission norms will come to an end next year.
As of now GM gets its engines from Sonalika to comply with the Bharat Stage IV emission norms. This seems have not taken the US automaker towards better sales and might want to partner with its global partner Isuzu to provide all future engines.
GM as of now is in talks with Isuzu Motor of Japan to provide engines, platforms and products for its operations here in India. The RU30 could be offered to challenge the dominant Toyota Innova.