Chevrolet will likely launch a face-lifted Beat in India soon. The new Beat looks similar to the current Beat, but there will some changes on the exterior that make it look even better, and some subtle changes in the interiors.
Looks and comfort
The new Beat bears a new bow-tie grille, slightly modified headlamps and taillamps. The facelifted Beat also gets new alloys and sporty rear spoiler with integrated LED brake lights (this may not appear on the Indian version, however). On the inside, the upcoming new Beat is expected to come with Bluetooth connectivity, an LCD screen, new plastic materials and optional cruise control. Also read: Chevrolet Beat diesel first drive
Some of the ‘not-so-good’ aspects such as limited rear space for occupants and the small boot seem to be untouched even in the upcoming Beat as Chevrolet has not made any modifications on Beat’s dimensions.
Overall, the changes are minimal and hence, when launched, the facelifted Beat may not have much ‘oomph’ factor for a potential buyer.
There is no confirmation on whether Chevrolet will plonk in its ‘ECOtec’ engines for the upcoming Beat, even though General Motors have announced their intention to being the fuel-efficient engines to India. The facelifted version will likely be powered by the same 1.2 litre petrol engine and 1.0 litre diesel engine that power the present model. The ECOtech engines may make it to India only later. Also read: Chevrolet Beat LT versus Ford Figo 1.4 EXI
The petrol motor puts out of 80 bhp of power and 108 Nm of torque while the diesel motor puts out 57 bhp of power and 150 Nm of torque. The diesel motor is the more frugal engine as it returns 24 kmpl (claimed mileage). Summing up, there will likely be no changes in the performance of the upcoming Beat if it is powered by the same engines. The Beat diesel will continue to attract running cost-conscious buyers.
New features and accessories
The international version of the Chevrolet Beat will come with Bluetooth connectivity and optional cruise control. It is unclear whether these features will be included in the India-bound version.
The facelifted Beat may cost slightly more than the existing car as it may come with new features. Currently, the Beat petrol is priced in the range of Rs. 3.83-4.73 lakh while the Beat diesel is priced in the range of Rs. 4.29 – 5.45 lakh.
Expect the facelifted Beat to have a cosmetic makeover with minimal changes in the exterior, interior and a few more features. We hold our verdict whether the new Beat will outshine other cars in its segment as Chevrolet India may throw in some surprises with the refreshed Beat at the launch period.