2016 Chevrolet Spark ruled out for India; New Beat to be based on current model – Report
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The new Spark’s M2 platform is not targeted at emerging markets like India.
A report on Autocar India confirms earlier media reports that the next generation 2016 Chevrolet Spark, which had its global premiere at the Seoul Motor Show in April this year, will not make it to the Indian market.
The publication cites a company official as saying that the new Spark, which is primarily for developed markets, will prove to be too expensive for the cost-competitive Indian market. Instead, GM India is likely to develop the new Beat from the current model’s M300 platform. While the underpinnings would be carried over from the current Beat, the exterior and interior would be made to look like the new 2016 Spark, a source told the publication.
Coming to the powertrain, the new Beat will get a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine (a downsized version of the 1.4-liter EcoTec engine offered on the 2016 Spark) while the 1.0-liter three-cylinder SDE diesel engine will continue, albeit with slight modifications.
While details remain sketchy, the next generation M300-based Beat will spawn a range of compact cars possibly including a compact sedan and compact SUV, which should provide incremental volumes for the American car maker.
GM India is expected to launch the new Beat in the country sometime in 2017.
2016 Chevrolet Spark – Image Gallery
2016 Chevrolet Spark – Official Image Gallery
[Source – Autocar India]