2012 Chevrolet Spark hatchback facelift rendered
Our roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, prowling the ARAI center at Pune managed to get a fleeting glimpse of the 2012 Chevrolet Spark Hatchback, whose facelift is due for later this year. The facelifted Spark is expected to be launched during the Indian festive season of Dusshera-Diwali. As always, EarthFusion has managed to put together a render of the Spark Facelift. The facelift of the Spark will take inspiration from the Spark Electric concept which was showcased way back in the 2010 Indian Auto Expo. While the project never took off due to Reva being acquired by Mahindra, a positive to come out of that will be the Spark Facelift.
On the front end, the Spark now gets a brand new grille that is coming to become the trademark Chevrolet front face. This kind of grille was first introduced in India in cars like the Cruze sedan and the Beat hatchback. With the facelifted Spark also getting a similar grille, the cutesy hatchback has now been transformed into a much more aggressive looking car. Also, the headlamps ofthe Spark see a redesign along with the front turn indicators. The front bumper is an all new item. The rear of the car will also see a facelift with new tail lamps and a differently styled hatch door.
These changes apart, the facelifted Spark hatchback will pretty much remain the same. The interiors could get a spruce up along with the dual cockpit theme but that’s something that is still in the realm of speculation as we haven’t really managed to take a peek at the interiors of the Spark facelift. The 1 Liter, four cylinder engine delivering about 63 Bhp of peak power is expected to be retained as it is. A diesel version of the Spark hatchback is not in the current scheme of things though. Also, while there has been some talk about General Motors India outfitting the Spark with a 800cc, three cylinder engine focusing on fuel economy, the facelift looks unlikely to usher in that model.
However, we can confirm for a fact that the Spark Diesel is not arriving anytime too soon as the facelifted Spark being tested currently is a petrol variant. The Chevrolet Spark, though not as fuel efficient as the likes of the Maruti Alto and the Hyundai Eon, feels like a much better put together car. The ride and handling package also makes it feel like a bigger car. The facelift is intended to make the Spark more appealing as the hatchback has been lagging behind its rivals for quite a while now, when it comes to sales.