The latest and new offering from General Motor’s biggest brand Chevrolet is Chevrolet Spark, a five-door city car which is aimed at offering fun and value to the minicar segment, along with more space when compared to similarly priced vehicles. The Spark is going to compete with other minicars like the Fiat 500, smart fortwo and Scion iQ. It features a five-door configuration which is more common in the next segment up in terms of size, the subcompact segment. The Spark is still a foot shorter in comparison to Sonic, despite its stretch about three feet longer than the diminutive fortwo.
In Europe, the Chevrolet Spark will get a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine making 84 hp and 82 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, but a four-speed automatic is available. Chevrolet loaded the Spark with 10 standard airbags. Sixty percent of the Spark’s body is made from high-strength steel for extra rigidity, which has helped to keep the weight down around 2,500 pounds. The minor upgrades included in the new Spark that was seen at the 2012 Paris Motor Show for Europe includes the redesigned headlamp and foglamp units, along with a lower front grille which sweeps all the way across the underside of the bumper.
At the rear, the LED center brake lamp is integrated in the rear spoiler. The interior is upgraded to enhance the space, by including a slightly redesigned center console. It will also be offered three trim levels which are LS, 1LT and 2LT. Although the Spark LS is an entry-level model, it comes with a standard with A/C, 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, an auxiliary input jack and Onstar. The higher trim levels get Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system along with its seven-inch color touch screen to go with it. MyLink connects with smartphones for internet and navigation services.
2013 Chevrolet Spark Gets Minor Upgrades for Europe