Most of the Americans love crossovers and pick-up trucks but these segments have turned out to be the most expensive ones to maintain. As the fuel prices are now mounting up, the time has come to go for small segment cars which are more fuel efficient and incur lesser cost of maintenance. To make it possible, the Indian developed Chevrolet Beat has been introduced in the US sub-continent at the price tag of $ 12,995 Rs. 6.6 lakh (in Indian currency).
For the US markets, the Beat has been renamed as Chevrolet Spark. Besides this, there are ample of modifications being done in this car. The front profile has got a slight change and the wheels are now the big 15 inches alloy wheels. In addition, the top end variant has got the outfit with silver painted roof rails, chrome door handles, chrome exhaust with beltline molding, body colored lower rocket trims, front and rear body colored bumpers with revamped front and grille inserts.
Chevrolet Beat features : As far as the features are concerned, the US beat has got Air-conditioner, Power windows, Rear Wiper, outside temperature display, trip meter and USB AUX port. Added to this, the car has got other utility features like Power door locks, Keyless entry, Anti-theft system, Electric folding mirrors, And Cruise control etc. The company has mated the interiors of this car with pure leather upholstery and the front seats have got heated seats features to give a soothing ride experience.
For maximum entertainment of the passengers, the company has blessed this car with seven inches color touch radio with Chevrolet My Link feature. In addition, the Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls features are added in this car to help the driver to cruise the vehicle easily without much effort. In addition, one can play the tracks from his USB drive and the available Sirius XM Radio will also increase the driving pleasure.
For the maximum safety of the occupants, this car will have 10 Airbags, ESP with traction control and brake assist. As far as the power-train is concerned, this small sensation is going to carry 1.2 liter Ecotec engine and would come mated by 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic variant of this car would also be available for the enthusiasts.
The company claims that the Spark (Beat in India) will have efficiency to deliver mileage of 30 mpg (12 km/l) in city conditions and 40 mpg (17 km/l) on highways. On the US shores, this small car will have a stiff competition with other small cars like Fiat 500, Smart ForTwo and Scion iQ. It is pretty disappointing that none of the Spark rivals have been successful to impress the US enthusiasts. It would be interesting to see how the US automobile fanatics respond to the launch of Chevrolet Spark in their nation.