We already reported earlier about the Beat LPG launch and Beat Diesel Launch, the company will soon launch the Diesel version of Beat that will equipped with a 1.0-litre diesel engine that will deliver around 57bhp of power and 140-150Nm of torque. This may give a tuff competition to the current class leader Maruti Alto.
General Motors India’s Vice President P. Balendran has just announced that GM India will outfit the Chevrolet Spark with SmarTech engine along with the 1.0-litre diesel engine. From what we know about GM’s Diesel 1 Liter engine, it will displace about 936cc as it basically is an in house chopped up, three cylinder version of the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine.
The SmarTech engine is a 1.2-liter engine from GM India’s stable that is designed and engineered for the local market from its Bangalore facility. The engine which is touted to develop around 56 Bhp of power and 140-150 Nm of torque will first power the Chevrolet Beat Diesel which weighs in at about 960 kilograms. This factor may make the 936cc diesel engine a little underpowered for the Beat Diesel. The Spark on the other hand weighs just 840 kilograms and this engine in the Spark might just prove to be both sprightly as well as ultra frugal considering the lower weight it has to lug around.
While GM India has not specified any launch date for the diesel version of the Spark, we feel that it would be a great move by them if they manage to bring in the Spark Diesel by the end of this year along with an 800cc low priced Spark petrol variant to take on the class-leader Maruti Alto.
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