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 DetailsThe 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 EngineThe 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 PackedAn 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 beforeA 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).