Chevrolet Beat Diesel - the Diesel hatchback from Chevrolet
With the ever increasing competition in the diesel hatchback segment, Chevrolet India has come up with its solution for getting the best of fuel efficiency combined with best of performance.
Details of Chevrolet Beat Diesel
The Chevrolet Beat Diesel comes with a 1.0L SMARTECH Diesel Engine with peak power output of 58.5PS@4000rpm and peak torque output of 150PS@1750rpm. Some of the highlighted technical features in the car are the usage of Turbocharger with intercooler, advanced common rail fuel injection, Feather light Electronic power steering, advanced intra torque boost, Smart engine and clutch protection model, Gas charged rebound tuned suspension etc.
The other important attraction of the car, is the Beat diesel’s mileage, which has been certified at 24 KMPL.
Color options in the New Chevrolet Beat diesel include Green cocktail, Misty Lake, Olympic White, Switch blade silver, Caviar Black, Super Red, Moroccan Blue, Linen Beige, and Sand Drift Grey.
The Beat Diesel comes in 4 variants, PS, LS, LT and LT option. The on-road price of the Chevrolet Beat Diesel PS variant in Bangalore is Rs 5,27,989/-, LS is Rs 5,64,368/-, LT is 6,17,766/-, and LT Option is Rs 6,73,149/- , for the metallic variants; for non-metallic colors, the on road price would be lesser by Rs 8,000/-.
- The Beat PS comes with Power steering, A/C, body coloured bumpers
- The Beat LS adds front power windows, central locking and more
- The LT carries various comfort options like music system, rear power windows, center console, and more
- Finally, the LT Option has airbags, alloy wheels, ABS and load limited seat belts
The exteriors and features of both Chevrolet Beat Petrol and Diesel versions are the same. Earlier, we have published detailed reviews on Chevrolet Beat petrol and LPG. The same can be used for reference.
|Parameter||Chevrolet Beat Diesel|
|5||Tyre size||165/65 R14|
|9||Fuel Tank capacity||37|
|Dimensions in mm|
|15||Mileage in KMPL||24|
|Electronic power steering||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Body coloured bumpers||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Full fabric upholstery||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Front power windows||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rear power windows||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Folding rear seat||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Split folding rear seat||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Body colour door handles||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Integrated music system with 4 Speakers||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Front Fog lamps||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Ex Showroom price Bangalore||440910||471816||512350||558962|
|On road price bangalore||527989||564368||617766||673149|
For images of earlier reviews, see the various images below:
Chevrolet Beat Diesel drive
Eager to check the high fuel efficient beat diesel, I took a drive of the LT model Beat. Getting into the car is easy and convenient with the help of the large front door. Once seated in driver seat, one feels that that the seat height is slightly low. The controls are positioned accurately. Starting is quite easy with no need to wait for some time.
I took out the car from the congested parking place. I could easily steer the car smoothly and take out the same. The gear operation is quite smooth and we could easily accelerate to 60KMPH while in the city. While driving one can notice there is slightly excessive noise from engine, especially if one has driven the smooth performing petrol engine. One tends to feel that insulation could have been even better.
The car accelerates smoothly and nicely and it’s easy to keep up with the traffic. However, when one leaves the city, there is some more pressure to keep up with the traffic. All in all, however, the car provides a good drive.
The car is touted to carry a 24 KMPL mileage, which we will be testing on a future drive. The major boosting factor with the Beat apart from this mileage is the class leading ground clearance of 175MM which directly influences the ease of crossing humps and potholes. It could be felt when driving the same, especially in the city.
The Beat diesel’s A/C is good and cools the cabin quickly and efficiently.
Competition for the Beat Diesel
There are many competing models for the Chevrolet Beat Diesel, starting from Tata Indica, Ford Figo, Maruti Ritz, Swift, Fiat Punto, VW Polo, Nissan Micra etc. The table below gives the brief comparison of the same. Overall, it can be noted that though the power output of Beat diesel is slightly less compared to others like Figo, Indica etc. it still is reasonable. The under power is caused due to the fact that the Beat diesel comes with a 1.0L engine compared to 1.2 L and higher of other models. The mileage and pricing are other stand out facts.
The claimed mileage of Beat is 24KMPL which is in par with most of the recently launched diesel version hatchbacks like Indica eV2, Micra, Figo etc for which mileage ranges from 20 to 25KMPL.
|Diesel versions||Chevrolet||Tata||Ford||Maruti Suzuki||Maruti Suzuki||Volkswagen||Nissan||Fiat||Tata Indica||Skoda|
|Beat Diesel LT Option||Indica Ev2 GLX||Figo Titanium||Ritz Vdi||Swift VDI||Polo||Micra XV||Punto 1.3 Emotion pk||Indica Vista Aura+||Fabia Elegance|
|3||Torque in NM||150||140||160||190||190||180||160||197||190||180|
|9||Tyre Size||165/65 R14||165/65 R14||175/65 R15||165/80 R14||165/80 R14||185/60 R14||165/70 R14||195/60 R15||175/65 R14||175/70 R14|
|14||Front power windows||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|15||Rear power windows||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|20||Ex showroom price Bangalore||558962||478350||557000||548000||550000||660000||538300||650000||595665||649776|
Chevrolet has come up with a good solution in providing a diesel hatch back giving best of mileage added with the styling and quality of Chevrolet cars. The great boosting factor is the warranty backup, smooth performance, quality of interior fit and finish, as well as the ground clearance of 175mm.
However, the drawback could be that of the price which seems to be a bit high for lower variants like PS and LS, but is quite justifiable for higher versions with better features.