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Latest on Chevrolet Beat: 24 June, 2015
The Beat hatchback from Chevrolet's production line has been one of the most sought after vehicle in its segment in the country. As per fresh reports from sources, General Motors India has been working on heavily upgraded trim of the next-generation Beat that is expected to be launched sometime in 2017. http://www.autocarindia.
Chevrolet Beat, a Hatchback has 8 versions available in India. Chevrolet Beat has 4 Petrol cars and 4 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Chevrolet Beat are Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and Nissan Micra. Chevrolet Beat comes in 7 colours, namely, Caviar Black, Cocktail Green, Linen Beige, Sandrift Grey, Summit White, Super Red, Switch Blade Silver.
The Chevrolet Beat, launched in 2009, received its first facelift in 2014 with minor exterior and interior changes. The Beat is one of the most popular Chevrolet cars in India, which is known as the Spark in international markets. The new model looks similar to its predecessor, though, it gets dual port chrome grille, modified bumpers, new headlamps, fog lamps with chrome lined contrasting black surround and few more changes. The interior, too, doesn’t receive any significant updates, except for dashboard with silver inserts, steering mounted audio controls and manually adjustable air conditioning. There is no mechanical update as well. The hatchback is powered with the same 79.3bhp, 1.2-litre petrol and 57.6bhp, 1.0-litre diesel engines, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel engine is quite peppy at low revs. It’s one of the easiest-to-drive and most fuel efficient Chevrolet cars in India.
Further to this, read Chevrolet Beat Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Chevrolet Beat are priced differently. The Diesel trims are priced between Rs. 5,30,509/- to Rs. 6,59,441/-. The Petrol trims of Chevrolet Beat start at Rs. 4,40,633/-.
Though the hatchback received minimal exterior updates in 2014, it looks sportier and more outgoing than its predecessor. At the front end, it features dual port chrome grille, modified bumpers, new headlamps and fog lamps with chrome lined contrasting black surround. However, the side profile remains unchanged. The rear profile gets new dual-tone rear bumper with black faux diffuser integrating reflectors and revised tail lamps with red inserts.
The interior of the hatchback looks similar to the old model. It gets dashboard with silver inserts, steering mounted audio controls and manually adjustable air conditioning, while rest of the interior design and equipment remain unchanged. Just like most Chevrolet car models, the hatchback comes equipped with several comfort-enhancing features such as audio system with Aux-in, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, multiple storage compartments etc.
Engine and Transmission
No mechanical changes have been made to the hatchback. It is available with the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.0-litre diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre, 1199cc, 16V SMARTECH petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 79.3bhp at 6200rpm with 108Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The diesel trims are propelled by a 1.0-litre, 936cc, 12V SMARTECH diesel engine, which is good for 57.6bhp and 150Nm. Both the engines are linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Performance and Handling
Despite having small size engines, the hatch delivers punchy performance. It’s one of the most fun-to-drive city Ford car models in India. Compact dimensions and short turning radius make it a perfect urban car. Handling is predictable, and the ride quality is good. It accelerates 0-100kmph in 15.5 seconds with a top speed of 145kmph.
The front disc brakes and rear drum brakes are well calibrated. The effective ABS (anti-lock braking system) and a good pedal bite further enhance its braking capabilities.
The 936 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 22 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 16 kmpl on urban roads and 18 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
The hatchback is equipped with several passive and active safety features such as day & night inside rear view mirror, front fog lamp, central locking, driver seat belt reminder and height adjust front headrest. While dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) and front seat belt load limiter are available only on top-end model.
The Beat facelift is a good value for money car. However, it received minimal exterior and interior updates. It’s one of the most frugal and fun-to-drive Chevrolet cars in India.
Ford Figo Vs Chevrolet Beat
Both the cars look stylish and sporty. Chevrolet’s Beat offers a well-equipped interior, and frugal and peppy engines. The Ford Figo, on the other hand, is more spacious and comfortable than its rival. In terms of handling and drivability, too, the Figo scores higher than the Chevrolet’s hatchback.
Limited boot space
Compact car of the Year - 2013 - Bloomberg TV Autocar Awards
Hatchback of the Year - 2013 - Car India & Bike India Awards
Note: Specifications for Beat 1.0 LT TCDi Opt Diesel (Diesel) have been mentioned
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