General Motors has unveiled a face-lifted version of the Beat at Chevrolet’s Centennial anniversary celebrations at Detroit, USA. However in India there is enough demand for the Beat, So the company may not be launching the facelifted Beat this year. GM India will completely focus on volumes of 2011.
“For young, urban dwellers, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark (Beat, in India) can be their key to the city,” said Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy. “Spark’s vibrant exterior and interior colors make a statement, but it is a practical car, too. Affordable, manoeuvrable and very fuel-efficient, Spark will be easy to own and easy to drive.”
Chevrolet said it will release more details on the smallest Chevrolet in the United States and Canada at the 2011 LA Auto Show next month. The first version of the Chevrolet Spark (Beat) is being sold in Europe, Korea, India, Mexico, South America and Australia.
In the United States 2013 Chevrolet Spark (Beat) will be available with a same 1.2 liter 4-cylinder engine making 83-hp and will be mated standard to a 5-speed manual. An automatic transmission will be offered as an option.
The bigger news is that GM has revealed a new global engine family that will power the Beat and rest of its models worldwide. This engine family has motors ranging from 1 litre to 1.4 litres and will have a three and four-cylinder setup. This new range will replace all petrol engines in the GM line-up from 1 litre to 1.8-litre displacements. Some versions will include direct injection, turbo-charging, and also twin-cam technology.
Other features will include a color touch screen radio, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment connectivity with Pandora and Stitcher internet radio; Bluetooth, exterior enhancements such as chrome accents, heated leatherette seats and alloy wheels.
Also see – Chevrolet Beat EV coming to U.S. markets in 2013, no plans to India
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( Thanks to Overdrive Editor, Sirish Chandran for the images who happens to be at the Chevrolet centenary celebrations at Detroit, Michigan.)