New York Auto Show : 2016 Chevrolet Spark (Beat) Unveiled; Details and Images

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Chevrolet has taken the wraps off the all-new 2016 Spark. According to Chevy, the 2016 Spark offers greater efficiency and refinement, along with new, available safety and connectivity features. As one of Chevrolet’s most global vehicles, it will be offered in more than 40 markets around the world, although the Indian launch hasn’t been confirmed yet.

“Chevrolet is fast becoming one of the world’s most important mini- and small car manufacturers, offering customers around the globe a new road to the refinement, efficiency and connectivity features that resonate with them,” said Alan Batey, president, GM North America and Global Chevrolet.

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The 2016 Spark features a slightly longer wheelbase compared to the outgoing model, and stands about 1.6 inches (40 mm) lower than the current model. Chevrolet says the lower profile reduces aerodynamic drag to help improve efficiency and interior changes maintain the Spark’s traditionally generous headroom. The 2016 Spark rides on an all-new, more robust architecture which enabled Chevy engineers to tune ride and handling more precisely.

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“At its core, the new Spark is still the fun, agile urban car that made the first-generation model so popular, but it delivers that fun driving experience with greater sophistication,” said Sam Basile, executive chief engineer. “And while it’s a truly global car, it is targeted for more developed vehicle markets, allowing engineers to focus more precisely on the materials and technologies that resonate with customers in those markets.”

Powering the 2016 Spark is a 1.4-liter Ecotec four pot mill that produces approximately 98 bhp. It can be had with a five-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission. When paired to the latter gearbox, the Spark will return approximately 40 mpg highway.

Features on the 2016 Spark include :

  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch-diagonal color touch screen
  • Advanced dot-matrix LCD instrument cluster display
  • Comprehensive lineup of accessory packages for unprecedented personalization options

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The 2016 Chevrolet Spark will be produced from globally sourced parts at GM’s Changwon, South Korea assembly facility and will go on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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