American carmaker, General Motors is mulling a compact sedan (CS) version of the next-generation Chevrolet Beat which is scheduled for 2017 launch in India.
The next-gen Beat twins will be based on the current model’s M300 platform, but the upcoming compact sedan will borrow design cues from the next-gen Beat and not existing model. Once launched, the compact-sedan is likely to replace the dud seller, Sail sedan and compete against the Maruti Dzire, Tata Zest, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the soon-to-be launched Ford Figo Aspire.
Powering the Beat twins will be a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (a downsized version of the 1.4-litre EcoTec engine offered in the 2016 Spark) and the current generation’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel slightly tuned for better fuel economy. Transmission options are likely to be a 5-speed manual and an automatic gearbox option can be expected looking at the competition.
The next-gen Beat hatchback will hit the Indian roads first sometime next-year, followed by the launch of the Beat compact-sedan in 2017.
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