Spark is what General Motors calls the Chevrolet Beat hatchback in most parts of the world except India. The Beat made its global debut in 2009 and has been on sale in India since 2010, after being unveiled at the Indian Auto Expo of that year. The car has been one of the top-selling machines for General Motors’ otherwise slow portfolio here, and the next-generation version of the hatchback is just around the corner. Uncamouflaged spyshots of the next-generation Chevrolet Beat, nee Spark, have hit the interweb. And the car looks nothing like the version it replaces.
Gone is the tall-boy stance of the Beat, which in itself was a departure from the styling geometry of the first and second generation Daewoo Matiz hatchbacks (Remember, the Chevrolet Beat is the continuum and the third generation version of the Daewoo Matiz). The resulting car resembles the likes of the Hyundai i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Celerio rather than other Chevrolets. The Spark/Beat has The fourth generation version of the Chevrolet Spark/Beat will be based on the same platform as the Opel Karl.
What this also means is, the new Chevrolet Beat/Spark that has been spied, isn’t likely to have a future in India. What we’re likely to get, on the other hand, is a new hatchback based on the low-cost Amber platform that General Motors is specifically engineering for emerging markets. In that light, the spied hatchback might not be of great interest to the Indian car market, unless of course General Motors plans to slot in the new car under the Beat in terms of price and positioning, as a replacement to the India-spec Chevrolet Spark (previous/2nd generation Matiz that was still on sale in India until recently), which has now been discontinued.
A 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine will power the international, 4th generation Chevrolet Spark/Beat. This engine is said to make outputs of 90 Bhp-166 Nm and 115 Bhp-166 Nm. Other details are scarce for now. The Geneva Motor Show, due to kick off weeks from now, will hold some answers as regards to the shape that the Spark/Beat will take in the near future. With General Motors going slow on its India’s plans until 2017, keeping hopes low would be treading on the right side of caution.
Spyshots courtesy Bobaedream