New Chevrolet Spark Revealed

2016 Chevrolet Spark 003

The Chevrolet Spark is a major player for the American brand, it’s sold in over 40 markets worldwide and for 2016 the model has been completely refreshed featuring a new engine, safety features and connectivity.

Chevrolet Spark Details

The new Spark looks a little less like Darth Vader’s helmet and more like a modern, rounded hatch. It definitely looks bigger but the stats tell us it’s only got a slightly longer wheelbase and is 40mm shorter than before.

New 1.4 Engine

The new engine to the Spark is a 1.4L Ecotec motor that’s naturally aspirated and claimed to produce 73 kW. No torque figure is available but it can be fitted with either a five-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. Chev also claims the Spark will use around 5.8L/100km.

Feature Packed

An all-new instrument panel design with an (LCD) features a prominent “centre stack” for the infotainment and climate system controls.

The Spark’s all-new MyLink radio features a touch colour display, with an icon-based interface similar to smartphones. And like a smartphone, the touch display allows swiping, pinching and other gestures for quick, easy operation.

Safer than before

A stronger body structure is at the core of the new Spark’s safety story and is complemented by a wider array of passive and active safety features. Ten standard air bags include driver/front passenger knee air bags, roof rail side air bags and seat-mounted thorax/pelvic air bags. A rollover sensing and protection system is also offered.

Additionally, new active safety features can help drivers avoid crashes through camera-based technology providing alerts. Systems include:

Forward Collision Alert

Lane Departure Warning

Side Blind Spot Alert.

A rear-vision camera system is standard and rear park assist is offered.

Chevrolet has announced that the Spark will go on sale from the fourth quarter of 2015 (September onwards).