At the 2016 Auto Expo, Chevrolet showcased the Beat Essentia compact sedan. What it is, is a compact sedan based on the Beat. While it was showcased in concept form then, it is expected to be launched in the Indian market in 2017. The vehicle has been undergoing testing since and this test mule was spotted by a reader who didn’t wish to be named.
The Essentia is a good looking compact sedan, atleast from what we could see in the concept form. It will look like the new facelifted Beat up front, where as the rear will be all-new. This variant here features wheel caps instead of the alloys but has fog lamps on offer too, which is interesting since the top of the line Beat gets alloys. On the inside, the dashboard and the steering wheel from the new Beat are expected to be offered on the Essentia. In terms of infotainment, the vehicle is expected to get a touch screen system which will feature MyLink2, Apple car play and Android auto. This might become the cheapest sedan to feature Apple car play and Android auto when introduced.
Engine details for the vehicle are not yet known either. But since this is a sub 4-meter vehicle, it will feature engines that will allow it to take advantage of the excise duty benefit. The Beat petrol is powered by a 1.2 liter petrol engine that makes 79 Bhp and 108 Nm. We expect the same to be carried forward to the Essentia too. As for the diesel engine, the Beat gets a 1.0 liter unit that produces 57 Bhp and 150 Nm. We expect GM to use the 1.3 liter multijet unit instead of this 1.0 liter unit in the Essentia.
Positioning is going to be interesting to see since the Beat competes with the Tiago which could mean that GM could position the Essentia against the Kite-5 (Tigor), instead of taking on the Amaze, the Xcent, the Ameo, Swift Dzire and the Aspire. The vehicle is expected to be launched later in the year which is when more details will be known on the same.