Chevrolet is celebrating hundred years of its existence, and one of the many gifts for the grand occasion for India will come in the form of a facelifted Beat with new engine options.
In its 2012 facelift the Beat will witness changes made to its exterior and as well as the interior. From the outside, the car will get a facelifted grille, slightly redesigned headlamps, new design for the bumper and new housings for the front fog lamps. There is a possibility that GM may introduce bigger 15” size wheels with lower profile tyres for the top end variant. A new, snazzier design of alloy wheels will also be introduced. The ORVMs have been made sharper and pointier towards the end for the new version. The tail-lamp and the rear bumper will get a makeover too.
There will be changes made to the interiors too, new materials will be added to uplift the quality quotient of a cabin whose quality if already is a very high order for the segment. The company has also developed an electric version of the Beat, christened Beat EV, and the car will be introduced in various markets next year.
The company under the aegis of mother GM brand will also develop brand new engines for its small car and these powerplants will propel cars like the Beat in developing countries like India. The all-new global family of small-displacement engines will be christened Ecotec. The new engine will deliver better fuel economy, higher quality, better performance and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
The new global engine family will comprise a range of three- and four-cylinder engines – in displacements from 1.0L to 1.5L – engineered and manufactured in multiple regions for global use. They will feature lightweight design and advanced technologies such as direct injection, turbocharging and alternative fuel compatibility to provide customers with both efficiency and on-demand performance. The new engine family also will be designed to reduce noise, vibration and harshness, a common trait of smaller engines. Expect the face lifted Beat to boast one of the new Ecotec engines when the facelifted avatar debuts in 2012.