GM India not ceasing sales operations.
Chevrolet has confirmed the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Beat in India, pouring cold water on rumours of an exit from the Indian market. According to a leaked memo, GM will launch the 2017 Chevrolet Beat in India on the third week of July.
The next-gen Chevrolet Beat features a front fascia inspired by the latest Chevrolet Spark sold internationally. Apart from the new front fascia, the all-new Beat's design is a more a facelift than a full redesign. The proportions are also largely unchanged. On the inside, the 2017 Chevrolet Beat will feature a two-tone colour scheme, matte silver centre console, chrome garnish around the HVAC vents, semi-digital instrument cluster and Chevrolet MyLink2 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The next-gen Chevrolet Beat will ride on the outgoing model's M300 platform, meaning that it will not have extensive mechanical changes. The current model's 57.3 kW (77.9 PS) 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 42 kW (57.1 PS) 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel engine should find their place even under the next-gen model's hood, in conjunction with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The basic variant of the present Chevrolet Beat costs INR 3.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The next-gen Chevrolet Beat could start around INR 4 lakh (ex-showroom), and it will rival the Ford Figo, Honda Brio, Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Celerio.