General Motors South Africa facelifts the 2013 Chevrolet Spark(Beat in India) hatchback
In the next few months, the Chevrolet Spark, known as the Beat hatchback in India, will turn three years old after it was first introduced in India. So, the time seems apt for this hatchback to go under the surgeon’s knife and emerge fresher than before. This is precisely what General Motors’ South African division has gone ahead and done with the 2013 edition of the Chevrolet Spark(Beat in India). The 2013 Chevrolet Spark gets a comprehensive mid career facelift with a big list of stylistic changes both on the outside as well as on the inside of this funky looking hatchback.
Here’s the list of changes on the South Africa spec 2013 Chevrolet Spark hatchback,
* Refreshed front fascia with changes to bumper
* Refreshed headlamps
* Larger front grille
* Wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators
* Redesigned alloy wheels in 14 inch and 15 inch sizes
* Refreshed tail lamps
* Side skirts
* Revamped rear bumper
* New exhaust tip
* Chrome tipped hatch lid handle
* Roof spoiler
* Optional decals for bonnet, roof, roof spoiler and hatch lid
* New fabric trims for seats
* Revamped center console
The South Africa spec Chevrolet Spark’s engine remains unchanged with the 1.2 Liter S-TEC II naturally aspirated petrol engine continuing to do duty on this car with nary a change. This 80 Bhp-108 Nm engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The top end LT variant of the Spark gets 4 airbags, ABS and EBD as standard, along with rear parking sensors. In India, the Spark is called the Beat and is available with a range of engine options. Complementing the petrol engine are LPG-petrol and turbo diesel engines.
The Chevrolet Beat Diesel’s 936cc, triple cylinder turbo diesel engine is unique to the Indian car market. Apart from India, nowhere in the world is the Beat available with the diesel engine. Meanwhile, with competition steadily increasing in the B+ segment hatchback space in India, the time seems right for GM India to take a leaf out of its South African counterpart’s book and launch the facelifted model of the Beat hatchback in the Indian car market. Such a move could renew car buyer interest around the Chevrolet Beat, which incidentally hasn’t sold too well in India, especially considering the wide range of engines it it available with.