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Chevrolet Beat Overview
Chevrolet has brought forth its most popular compact car, Chevrolet Beat, which seems to resemble the next gen looks. The Chevrolet Beat, whose concept was first unveiled in 2007, is a car which boasts of a rather futuristic design, as its exterior is unique and interior follows the same theme. Its 1.2 litre 4-cylinder engine is fuel efficient and renders better mileage and average. The introduction of Chevrolet Beat in the words that flash on its official site is, “The all-new Chevrolet Beat has muscle car styling, twin barrel headlamps, most powerful engine and interiors inspired by the corvette. This tough, sexy, smart machine is sure to get your heart racing!”General Motors’s most awaited car Chevrolet Beat has captured the Indian market with its charismatic look and style. Chevrolet boasts of possessing the concepts of aggressive design and styling as a part of its DNA and is very much enthusiastic regarding its compact car Beat. Here will be presented the numerous features of the new Chevy Beat. Chevrolet Beat HistoryChevrolet, popularly called as Chevy, is a brand of vehicle produced by General Motors Company (GM), which was founded by the luminaries Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant on 3rd November 1911. Alfred Sloan positioned Chevrolet to sell a line-up of mainstream vehicles to give direct and tough competition to Henry Ford’s (founder of Ford Motor Company) Model T in 1920. ‘Chevrolet’ or ‘Chevy’ was once synonymous with GM. Chevrolet deals and produces a wide range of automobiles, from subcompact cars to medium duty commercial trucks. Chevrolet Beat was first launched in the year 2007 at New York International Auto Show alongside two other famous concept vehicles, the Trax and Groove. Built in India, the car’s concept is derived from the Daewoo Kalos and was designed by GM Daewoo in South Korea. The Daewoo Matiz (M100), which was launched in 1998, can be regarded as the great ancestor of Beat. Daewoo Matiz (M100), powered by a carburetted 796cc, 52 bhp, 3-cylinder engine, was so much popular that 40,000 units were sold until its founder went belly up. The wind of change turned to another direction when GM acquired the Korean company and introduced the Spark (M200) in 2007. The Spark (M200) is still on sale, with its popularity increasing constantly. This is the reason that M300 was named the Beat rather than the Spark, and it is pleasing that India is the only market where M300 is known as the Beat, the name of the original concept car. GM conducted a poll to know about the relative popularity of Beat, Trax and Groove concepts on a Chevy website in early 2007. Keeping everyone’s hope, the Beat hit the poll by receiving the 50% of all vote. This gave the company an incentive to turn the concept into reality and Chevrolet Beat went into production. Beat is a front-drive, 3-door hatchback which is powered by a 1.2 litre turbo-charged gasoline engine along with an automatic transmission. The concept car has a Vertigo Green exterior, with the same shade carried over to parts of the interior. It is also available in different shades and hues. The intention of Chevrolet is to attract the young car buyers in urban market and to fulfil their demands. To appeal youngsters, Chevrolet has come up with this car, which is popular for its charismatic look, fuel economy and value.Chevrolet Beat in India comes in 3 variants, namely the Base PS version, LS version and the fully loaded LT variant. It is priced between Rs. 3.34 lacs and Rs 3.94 lacs. The Chevrolet Beat reviews talk of the car being powered with a 1.2 litre 4 cylinder engines, rendering about 79 bhp of maximum power at 6200 rpm, with 108 Nm of maximum torque at 4400 rpm. Its S-TEC II engine incorporates PDA (Port De-Activation) system, which provides optimal performance, with combustion stability at low speeds. The car’s appealing exterior and pleasant interior is what made it so much famous. Headlights that appear to extend all the way from the base of the grille to the base of the windshield along with the couple of taillights are LED-type. Moreover, the car zooms on the 14-inch wheels, which are durable and tear resistant. The retro-looking couple of circular rear lamp clusters and split lower bumper make it unique in its own way. With all encompassing beauty, the Beat reminds of Chevy‘s slogan, ‘Chevrolet Runs Deep’.Chevrolet Beat VariantsChevrolet is very much conscious about the growing and challenging automobile market, particularly in India. In order to beat the heat of the market, Chevy has tried to clutch the most sensitive nerves of the car buyers, which are power, looks and affordable price. Chevrolet, being aware of the fact that customers look for options, has launched more than two variants of its present ace, the Beat. Chevrolet Beat comes with its three variants and all the variants comes with the Chevrolet ubiquitous engine 1.2 litre 4-cylinder engine, rendering about 79 bhp of maximum power at 6200 rpm with 108 Nm of maximum torque at 4400 rpm. All the three variants features power steering, 5- manual gear box, A/C, Dual Horn, IRVM, 2.5 impact proof bumper and gives average fuel-efficiency of 18.6 kmpl.The Beat 1.2 PS lacks power window and the central locking system whereas the remaining variants are equipped with it. Moreover, Chevrolet Beat 1.2LT and 1.2 LT Option boast of fog lamps, music system, rear window shield washer, defogger, ABS, airbag, tilt steering, alloy wheels and few other accessories and feature. Chevrolet Beat Base PS Version is available with power steering, manual AC and rear folding seats. It costs around Rs. 3.34 lacs. Moreover, Chevrolet Beat LS Version comes with chrome grille, central locking system and rear parcel tray. This variant is priced around Rs. 3.55 lacs. Furthermore, Chevrolet Beat LT Variant has roof rails, auto AC, tilt steering and rear power windows. ABS and airbags are on the options list. It costs around Rs. 3.95 lacs.Chevrolet Beat PricingBeing aware of the pragmatic aspects of customer’s behaviour and cognition, Chevrolet has taken much caution regarding the Beat Price. Overwhelmed by the rave response that Chevrolet Cruze fetched in the Indian car market, GM India envisaged leading the growing market of low price cars in India by launching new Chevrolet Beat. Chevrolet is fully aware that it has to compete with the cars that do not have high price tags. Hence, Chevrolet Beat comes within the price range of Rs 3.34 lacs to Rs 3.94 lacs. While 20-25% of the production volume will be for buyers in the neighbouring countries of India like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, the rest 75% will be for India. The price tags of the Chevrolet Beat vary according to its variants. Chevrolet Beat PS costs around Rs. 3.35 lacs, while Chevrolet Beat LS is available for around Rs. 3.55 lacs and the Chevrolet Beat LT has the price tag of around Rs. 3.95 lacs. Furthermore, the fully loaded Chevrolet Beat LT with accessories and additional features costs around Rs. 4.35 lacs.Chevrolet Beat ReviewChevrolet Beat has disproportionately larger front than other cars as it possess massive grille, huge headlight, high bonnet and deep chin. Moreover, the car boasts four durable 14-inch wheels. The retro-looking couple of circular rear lamp clusters and split lower bumper gives it a totally different and pleasant look. The car’s concept, which includes design, engineering and power train, was based on the Global Product Development Process. Chevrolet Beat is available in 3 variants and come within the price range of Rs. 3.5 lacs to 4.5 lacs. The car is equipped with a 1.2 litre 4-cylinder engine, rendering about 79 bhp of maximum power at 6200 rpm and 108 Nm of maximum torque at 4400 rpm. Its S-TEC II engine incorporates PDA (Port De-Activation) system, which provides better optimal performance with combustion stability at low speeds. This technology also minimises emission, while its automatic temperature regulator makes the drive more comfortable. The 4 resonators of the Beat check the noise pollution and its aerodynamic bodyline along with the detailed door sealing controls the wind noise, hence making the drive peaceful and pleasant. The car’s smarter and attractive exterior and comfortable and cosy interior, along with its low price have surely added up to its popularity. The Chevrolet Beat is really true to its tagline ‘Excellence for Everyone’.Chevrolet Beat Used Car MarketGeneral Motors India has launched its used car business in India known as ‘Chevrolet Ok’. Karl Slym had already declared at the time of its inauguration that “It is a pilot project and we plan to start with 10 dealers. Then depending upon the popularity, it will be taken to other dealers.” Presently, the dealers of Chevrolet Beat used car market can be traced throughout the country. Customers can consult the dealers and car trade sites like this to buy and sell Beat in much easier and fair manner. Chevrolet Beat SpecificationsChevrolet Beat is a sporty hatchback that renders look and feel of urban lifestyle. Both the exterior and interior of the car appeal to Indian customers who wish to experience pleasant driving. Chevrolet Beat Exterior Chevrolet Beat in India has attractive and smart look. With its bold look, it possesses the large Chevy split grille and front pose compels customers to take second glance. The headlamps stretch from the front to the back of the hood giving it an adorable look. The polycarbonate lenses along with bezels that are chrome-coated provide an attractive look. Besides, the sidelines and roof-lines give a sporty look and the windows which are dynamically slanted upwards are bold too. This is a car which was most awaited for its vertical rear door handles. Moreover, it is a 5-door car, but gives an impression of a coupe.Chevrolet Beat interiorChevrolet Beat has a charismatic interior. Just step inside and customer will be pleasantly shocked to find the swoopy dashboard along with the super-bike styled meter arrangement. A digital display that covers the rpm meter and fuel gauge can be found at the right side. A subtle dark panel is installed between the door panels and the dashboard, albeit there is no beige option. The front seats are comfortable and the low seat driving posture is what gives excellent lateral support. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel has a three spoke design, with the wiper control on the left. The square mirror is anti-glare or anti-reflective and gives a crystal clear view (rpm, fuel tank, trip meter and time is clearly visible even in eye-lit daylight). The dashboard is situated on the higher side with the driver’s seat positioned low. The driver who will find themselves short will definitely complain for it as there is not seat height adjustment available. Ergonomics are satisfactory, with all the important controls falling easily within the reach of the hand. The wind mirror (ORVMs) offer a clean view of double expressway lanes, but the gear-knob has a strange cut. No MID, which shows real time fuel efficiency or keyless entry and there is also no electric adjustment option available for the mirrors on the top-end variant either.Chevrolet Beat doesn’t give a feel of cheap built-to-a-cost car. The rear legroom has been given priority over the boot space. There is sufficient room for 4 persons, albeit the rear is a little bit claustrophobic with a high door sill, small rear windows and a strangely positioned plastic partition door handles. Chevrolet Beat Mileage, Average and Fuel EconomyChevrolet cars are known for their fuel-efficiency, delivering high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. Chevrolet Beat cars come with 1.2 litre 4-cylinder engine. The engine used is matched with the five speed manual transmission. Moreover, the small displacement engine ensures better fuel economy; thereby, assuring better mileage. All the three petrol variants of Chevrolet Beat cars are powered by 1.2 L, 1199 cc, 16-valve DOHC, and STEC II petrol engine, with 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The PDT (Port Deactivation Technology) not only checks the noise, but also makes it fuel efficient and renders a mileage of 14.5 kmpl in cities and 18.6 kmpl on highway. Moreover, the new Chevrolet Beat LPG with the new 1.2 L S-TEC or SMARTECH engine renders a mileage of 13.29 kmplChevrolet Diesel, which is powered by 1.0 litre 936cc XSDE SMARTECH 3-Cylindre Common Rail Diesel engine with a displacement of 936cc, can render a superb mileage of 24kmpl on the highway as per ARAI standards. It also has the calibre of providing power output of 62 hp and a maximum torque of 160.26 Nm.Chevrolet Beat on Road DriveChevrolet Beat car is featured in such a way that it provides a safe and pleasing on road drive. Driver will surely enjoy the Chevy exclusive drive in the Beat. Besides, Beat is, really, very hard to beat on road. The car’s front is equipped with McPherson strut and crank type at the rear. Beat has a smooth driving at a low speed and its overall driving is impressive for a hatchback. With average NVH, cost cutting could be an important factor. Chevrolet Beat PowerChevrolet Beat car is powered by a 10.2 litre 4-cylindre engine which renders about 79 bhp of maximum power at 6200 rpm with 108 Nm of maximum torque at 4400 rpm. Its S-TEC II engine incorporates PDA (Port De-Activation) system which provides optimal performance with combustion stability at high speed. Besides, the new Chevrolet Beat car LPG is equipped with the newly developed 1.2 L SMARTECH power train, rendering exceptional power of 79 bhp (in petrol). The Chevrolet Beat Diesel which comes with a 5-speed manual gear-box, is equipped with 936 cc XSDE SMARTECH 3-cylinder Common Rail Diesel engine, capable of rendering a maximum power output of 62 hp and a maximum torque of 160.26 Nm.Chevrolet Beat Acceleration and Pick UpChevrolet Beat car is powered by 1.2 litre petrol engine with a displacement of 1197 cc. This petrol engine is packed with light weight DOHC engine that reduces friction and performs better. Being packet with 5-speed manual transmission gear box, it gives much better mileage and is fuel efficient. This inline engine is believed to be a dynamic performer and renders highest power and torque. The car’s engine can cross the limit of 100 kmph in just 15.5 seconds and has the top speed of 145 kmph. Chevrolet Beat Safety and SecurityChevrolet cars are regarded as safe as these are equipped with many advanced safety features. Chevrolet Beat car boasts both active and passive safety features that ensure safety against unexpected and sudden surprises that may come in the way. The ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) not only controls the stability of the car, but also helps in the prevention of wheel locking in case of sudden braking. The Dual SRS Airbag along with the 2.5 mph impact proof bumpers in the car is very much helpful in case of accident. These safety features reduce the impact of collision and renders a supportive and cushioning effect in case the vehicle collides. Double horn, side impact beams, high mounted stop lamp, child lock and many other safety measures give peace of mind and sense of security to the Chevrolet owner.Chevrolet Beat Comfort and ConvenienceA motor cycle inspired dynamic motor cluster, various storage places, pattern-printed semi-bucket carbon film-heated seats and headrests which can be vertically adjusted up to 65mm are prominent features of this car. Moreover, a refined-looking roof rack, fog lamps, round tail lamps with clear polycarbonate lenses, door trim in red, blue or silver and exterior-colour-matched instrument panel adds much to its attraction, comfort and convenience.Chevrolet Beat Colours Chevrolet Beat comes in various pleasant colours. Customers can choose from the range of varied colours like Olympic White, Caviar Black, Linen Beige, Misty Lake, Moroccan Blue, Green Cocktail and Super Red.Chevrolet Beat WheelsChevrolet Beat cars possess base version’s non-alloy steel pressed wheels. The 14-inch wheels are expected to work wonder for the car’s stance. These types of wheels are much better in comparison of the wheel-caps. Its wheels are designed keeping in mind the need of fuel efficiency. It is also equipped with tubeless tyres, which are puncture-proof and makes the driver tension free. The tyre has the size of 155/70 R14, which proves helpful in handling the car off-road and reduces the rate of skidding in slippery and watery road.Chevrolet Beat Stereo and AccessoriesChevrolet Beat car has 2 front airbags, ABS on option, climate control, tilt–adjust steering, power windows, central locking and alloy wheels. Additionally, it has integrated stereo with 4 speakers, roof rails, rear spoiler, rear wash & wipe and a parcel tray. Moreover, 1 litre bottle holder on each of the front doors, two cup holders below the centre console, a spot for keeping cell phone and a single bottle holder for rear passengers are added features of this car. There are many other storage places and cubby holes present everywhere in the car. The Chevrolet Beat Diesel also has an in-dash integrated ice-blue lit music system with full-size USB. This music system allows audio streaming and has several enhanced sound quality setting options.Chevrolet Beat DealersChevrolet Beat car dealers are available throughout India. Every Indian metropolis has at least one dealer. Some of the renowned ones are Oberoi Automobiles Pvt. Ltd. in Ambala, S. V. Motors G.T. Road in Amritsar and Shree Gopinathji Agencies in Anand, along with Autovikas Sales & Services (P) Ltd. in Nazafgarh Road and Metro Motors, Safdarjung Enclave in New Delhi. Moreover, Technocrat Vehicles Pvt Ltd in Aligarh, Geeyam Motors Pvt. Ltd. in Allappuzha, Eldee Motors in Allahabad, Analysis Motors in Almora and Triumph Motors in Alwar also render services to Beat owners. Other prominent dealers are Kalyan Auto Sales in Agra, Gallops Motors Pvt. Ltd in Ahmedabad, Saideep Auto in Ahmednagar, Highland Aizawl in Mizoram, Relan Motors Pvt. Ltd. in Ajmer and Star Motors in Akola. Chevrolet Beat Company QuotesTalking to reporters about the launch of ‘SMARTECH’ engine here, General Motors India President and MD, Karl Slym said “GM India has invested more than Rs. 5,000 crores in India till now and is deeply committed to this market, to its customers and all its stakeholders”. Moreover, The Economic Times quotes “What GM India has here is a winner. The Beat excites at more levels than one and its good looks and unique style features are set to go a long way in winning over customer hearts.”Chevrolet Beat Competitor AnalysisChevrolet Beat in India is a tough competitor to Hyundai i10 and Mahindra Reva. The Hyundai i10 comes equipped with two engine options, including a 1.1 litre, 1086 cc, IRDE engine and a 1.2 lire, 1197cc, Kappa engine. On the other hand, Chevrolet Beat car sports a 1.2 litre 4-cylinder, DOHC engine. As the engine power of Hyundai i10 Kappa and Beat are almost similar, the performance of these engines is also somewhat similar. Chevrolet Beat, despite many tough competitors like Hyundai i10 and Mahindra Reva, is all set to lead the Indian market. The other features and specifications of Beat, along with power and super mileage, fuel efficiency and safety features is bound to capture attention of the customers. Beat is really going to give a serious blow to its competitor and a firm stand to Chevy in Indian market.Chevrolet Beat LPG/CNG versionChevrolet Beat LPG which has recently hit the roads with its advanced features and specifications, is equipped with Advanced Multi-point Sequential LPG Injection Technology kit. It is expected that LPG version of Beat will overcome the limitations faced in previous Venturi kit. Beat LPG renders routing control and no kinking. Powered by second generation lightweight SMARTECH 1.2 S-TEC II engine and exceptional mileage of 18.6 kmpl, LPG version of Chevrolet Beat in India is promising and hopes to rule the automobile market. Chevrolet Beat has fuel tank capacity of 35 litres for petrol and 32.8 litres (total), 26.2 litres (filling) for LPG. The most unique and attractive feature of Chevrolet Beat LPG is that it automatically shifts to petrol in case of gas deficiency. Chevrolet Beat LPG features better pickup, higher performance, jerk free drive and no power loss. It has other specifications like displacement of 1199cc 4-cylinder engine rendering maximum power of 79 bhp at 6400 rpm and maximum torque of 104 Nm at 4400 rpm, along with 5 manual gearbox. Chevrolet Beat is an eco-friendly car, which boasts safety and comfortable features, along with low emission.Chevrolet Beat ProsChevrolet Beat cars provide funky styling interior and exterior, along with unique superbike inspired speedometer. Its bold look as well as cosy and comfortable interior is really attractive. Nippy city hatch character, light and easy to drive and surety of no bumpiness, make the Beat stand out of the crowd. Besides, the company provides a 3 year service guarantee to owner of this stylish and fuel efficient car.Chevrolet Beat ConsThe unconventional styling of the Chevrolet Beat car may not match the likes of everyone. The compact 170 litre boot is 50-60 litres smaller than most of its competitors. Moreover, the shades of its interior are much dark, which provide a sense of dullness. There is no beige option also. Besides, the lack of keyless entry, driver seat height adjust and steering mounted controls will surely haunt the mind of the drivers. Furthermore, its smaller rear window gives a sense of claustrophobic ambience at the back.Chevrolet Beat ConclusionChevrolet Beat is a good car for those who value their money and have a taste for contemporary cars. Whosoever has fascination for sport cars will surely find the Beat to be an ideal choice. Equipped with powerful engine, charismatic exterior, pleasing interior, safety features, and dramatically sized head lamps, arching roofline, dynamically upward slanted window line, the Beat is unique in its own way. It gives a tough competition to its rivals, both in terms of features and price. On the whole, the new Beat car can prove to be a satisfactory choice if one wants to have stylish and high performance car.
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