Chevrolet Beat facelift spotted testing; Team ICB goes a step ahead to deliver a render
Long in the tooth, the Chevrolet Beat hatchback certainly isn’t. The radically styled hatchback with the love-me-hate-me design has in fact gone on to become the best seller in General Motors India’s portfolio, on the back of the 936cc, triple cylinder turbo diesel engine, which stakes the claim to be the most fuel efficient motor to ower Indian cars with a whopping 25+ ARAI certified KMPL. That said, all credit to GM India, who in a bid to keep the buzz around the Beat alive and kicking, has begun testing the facelifted version of the hatchback.
A bigger front grille and a redesigned front bumper is what the facelifted Beat could come with. In fact, such a design already exists on the international variants of the Beat(called the Spark), with GM even showcasing this design at one of the international auto shows. So, the minor facelift on the Indian Chevrolet Beat could be this very design change. Currently, the Chevrolet Beat is available in three variants, a petrol engined version, a Petrol-CNG dual fuel variant and a diesel engined model.
The funkily styled car has been a favourite of the younger set of car buyers, due to its aggressive stance and sharp styling. On the inside too, the youthful appeal of the car culminates in a motorcycle style instrumentation console, which is quite unlike anything seen on Indian cars. That said, two factors that work against the Beat is the cramped rear seat and the small boot. These factors, along with the radical styling perhaps, are the reasons why the Beat hasn’t found enough takers amongst family small car buyers.
The petrol engine displacing 1.2 Liter produces 80 Bhp of peak power while the diesel engine sounds like a slow poke with 56 Bhp. That said, the 150 Nm of torque that the triple cylinder engine churns out is the saving grace. The torque, coupled to good driveability and a solid fuel economy is what pulls prospective customers towards the diesel engined Beat. The Beat is also sold in other parts of the world as the Chevrolet Spark. However, the diesel engined model is very specific to the Indian car market, with GM’s engineers downsizing the 1.3 Jet turbo diesel(JTD) engine that General Motors jointly developed with Italian automaker Fiat.
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