General Motors India has quietly launched the LPG version of its small car, Chevrolet Beat at a price of Rs. 3.59 lakh.
According to Chevrolet’s official website, the Beat LPG features a next-generation LPG kit with advanced multipoint sequential LPG injection technology, which overcomes the performance and mileage limitations of the regular Venturi kit used widely today. The Beat LPG is the first vehicle to use high pressure LPG pipes made of high strength Nylon.
Proposition of the car
The unique proposition of this car is off course its frugality thanks to the LPG kit. The Chevrolet Beat LPG has a ‘push to change fuel mode’ button that allows the driver to easily switch from LPG to petrol and vice versa. Additionally, the fuel system automatically shifts to petrol in case the car runs out of LPG.
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Look, space and comfort
The Beat LPG is no different from the regular petrol and diesel powered Beat in terms of appearance. However it is much better looking than the Wagon-R (LPG) which is one of its closest competitors. The front seats of the Beat are comfortable and spacious for regular commutes but aren’t suitable for long, out-station drives. The rear seats are cramped but in terms of ride comfort, it has a well sorted suspension and good ground clearance. The Wagon-R is more spacious compared to the Beat.
The Chevrolet Beat LPG is powered by a 1.2-litre S-TEC II engine that produces 80 bhp of maximum power and 108 Nm of maximum
torque. As per ARAI, the Beat LPG delivers a mileage of 13.29 km/litre. The running cost of the Beat LPG will be approximately Rs. 1.50/km (considering LPG price to be Rs. 19.80/kg, Delhi) while the running cost of Beat petrol will be around Rs. 4.30/km (assuming Beat’s mileage to be 15 km/litre and petrol price to be Rs. 65 per litre). The Beat LPG is a better performer than the Wagon-R too with its 80 bhp of power.
The Beat LPG comes with a combined fuel tank capacity of 61.2 litre: 35 litre for petrol and 26.2 litre for LPG. When driven in LPG alone, the Beat can cover a distance of 349 km; combined with a tank full of petrol, the Beat’s range can extend up to a mile-crunching 1,000 km!
Price and features
The Beat’s new LPG kit has some more noteworthy features: it weighs less, doesn’t hamper power, doesn’t jerk or backfire when switching from petrol to LPG and back. Best of all, the LPG kit doesn’t eat up boot space as it is placed in the engine compartment instead of the usual placement inside the trunk.
Chevrolet offers the Beat LPG with 3 years/45,000 km cashless ownership besides the standard, 3 years/ 1, 00,000 km warranty.
The Beat LPG offers a good option for buyers who don’t want a diesel car but would like to have a low operating cost.