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      Chevrolet Beat Facelift Review

      Aditya Chatterjee

      Aditya Chatterjee


      Chevrolet Beat Facelift Review

      The definition of a hatchback some years ago was a small car which satisfied basic requirements of driving. Such cars scored low on design and performance making Indian consumers compromise on their wish list from a hatchback.

      Many justified these compromises with low pricing. It was the Chevrolet Beat which brought in a new trend in small cars. With its sporty funky looks and a motorcycle inspired instrumental cluster, the Beat brought in a fresh wave in the otherwise boring category.

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      Being one of the most fuel efficient diesel hatchbacks at 25.44 kmpl, Beat has got a facelift to take on the battle of hatches with a new spirit. We take a quick look and find more on it.


      Appearance Exterior

      Sporty is the right way to describe the Chevy Beat. It was a fresh looking car at the time of its inception. Among the entire Chevy’s portfolio, it is only the Beat and Cruze which look interesting while the latter scores a lot more for its muscular design. In the new Beat, the design has been tweaked with minor updates but unfortunately they don’t stick out and appear new.

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      Headlights get detailing in the reflectors and promise to have better illumination. It is the grille which has been changed and it now features the famous Chevy bow-tie design. The twin partitioned radiator grille which gets a chrome surround as well occupies a generous area on the front face. The plane jane fog lamp housing have been replaced by a newly designed black housing with subtle chrome accents.

      The side profile remains intact with the same alloy wheels and the unique pillar positioned rear door handle. It aims to give the Beat a two door car look and to some extent it works. It has flares running on arches with certain lines running along its length but then it does not sufficiently occupy enough area to make the design look attractive.

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      There is jewel finishing on tail lamps now. The rear bumper gets minor updates in the form of revised lines for the plastic cladding. The reflectors have been re positioned. Overall, the new changes in the Beat are too subtle to be noticed and it does not create any excitement.


      Appearance Interior

      You cannot ignore the motorcycle cluster inspired instrumental panel which is the only modern funk present inside the cabin. The central console looks neat with a simple layout of buttons and knobs. They are not exactly upmarket and the poor finishing is visible in certain areas.

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      The wavy front dashboard is attractive but when it comes to blocking space, it does that too. I am 6’1 and my left knee kept rubbing against the panel cause of its oddly flowing lines. It is the weirdly designed storage area flowing along the length of the dashboard that eats on knee room of front passengers. The legs can still manage to get some room to breathe as remains the case for rear passengers.

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      Seats are decently cushioned for a city drive. They are not at their best when it comes to highway driving. They lack sufficient support and cushioning. The under thigh support for both row seats is on the lower side. Front doors have a vertical bottle holder while the rear door doesn’t have any. The storage area is reasonable but the loading area is not convenient.


      Performance Drive

      Beat retains its three cylinder 936cc diesel engine which featured on the earlier version. To begin with, it is not a quiet little diesel engine and the fact that it is a 3 pot, the rattling of the unit is evident at lower engine speeds. The motor doesn’t feel rev friendly and has a lazy response.

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      It produces a power of 58.5 PS at 4000 rpm and a torque of 150Nm at 1750 rpm. The engine does not feel responsive in stop go traffic. Till the 2000rpm mark, the car feels very sluggish. But as soon as it gets an open stretch and the digital tachometer crosses 2200rpm, the engine shows some level of enthusiasm. With a performance like this, the Beat Diesel is clearly not for the city traffic but for the highways. Quick and short gear shifts come in handy in city and also shadow the bland engine response.

      Agreed, the motor does not feel enthusiastic but then if you are travelling at a stable speed and ignore quick overtaking then the Beat diesel does a decent job. Ride and handling continue to remain impressive and even on broken roads; the suspensions do a great job. The area where it needs improvement other than making the car feel more engaging is cabin insulation. One can feel and hear each and every type of noise which includes the diesel engine revving or the suspensions going through a hard patch. Compare it with the Grandi10 and the difference is evident.

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      On the positive side, the cute lil Chevy can take almost any by-lane inside the city cause of its amazing manoeuvrability. The only way you can get the best out of the engine is to keep it high on revs and there is enough torque to play with but the moment the engine speed drops, it gets bland. We got a best combined mileage of 18.5 Kmpl.


      Tech Specs

      Technical Specifications
       Make Chevrolet
       Model Beat
      Variant Diesel - LT(O)
      Fuel Diesel
      Engine Capacity 936
      Power in PS/RPM 58.5 PS / 4000 rpm
      Torque in Nm/RPM 150 NM / 1750 rpm
      Gears 5 / M
      Length mm 3640
      Width mm 1595
      Height mm 1550
      Wheel base mm 2375
      Kerb Weight in Kg NA
      Ground clearance mm 175
      Fuel tank capacity L 35
      Tyre Spec 165/65 R14
      Fuel Effeciency Kmpl 25.44


      Features LT (O) LS PS
      Interior Illumination Blue Blue Blue
      Digital Tachometer Yes Yes Yes
      Digital Tripmeter Yes Yes Yes
      Power Outlet Yes Yes Yes
      Cup Holders in Centre Console Yes Yes Yes
      Coat Hooks Yes Yes Yes
      Front Door Map Pockets Yes Yes Yes
      Door Ajar Warning Yes Yes Yes
      Low Fuel Warning Yes Yes Yes
      Rear Seat Back Folding^ Yes Yes Yes
      Remote Fuel Lid Opener Yes Yes Yes
      Remote Tailgate Opener Yes Yes Yes
      Seat Covers Semi fabric + Design Insert Semi fabric + Design Insert Semi fabric
      USB Yes No No
      Aux-in Yes No No
      Speakers 4 No No
      Steering Mounted Audio Controls Yes No No
      Anti Lock Braking System Yes No No
      Dual Airbags Yes No No

      Competition All Specs

      Variant Diesel - LT(O) Diesel - XV Diesel - Sportz
      Engine Capacity 936 1461 1120
      Power in PS/RPM 58.5 / 4000 65 / 4000 70 / 4000
      Torque in Nm/RPM 150 / 1750 160 / 2000 160 / 1500
      Gears 5 / M 5 / M 5 / M
      Length mm 3640 3825 3765
      Width mm 1595 1665 1660
      Height mm 1550 1525 1520
      Wheel base mm 2375 2450 2425
      Kerb Weight in Kg NA 978 NA
      Ground clearance mm 175 150 165
      Fuel tank capacity L 35 41 43
      Tyre Spec 165/65 R14 165 / 70 R14 165 / 65 R14
      Fuel Effeciency Kmpl 25.44 23.08 24
      Air Conditioner Manual Manual Manual
      Power Steering Yes Yes Yes
      Power Windows Front & Rear Front & Rear Front & Rear
      Steering Adjustment Tilt Tilt Tilt
      Seat Upholstery Fabric Fabric Fabric
      ABS Yes No No
      Central Locking Key Remote Remote
      Rear AC Vents No No Yes
      Rear Parking Sensors No No Yes
      Electrically adjustable ORVMs Mechanical Mechanical Electrical


       The new Beat gets updated styling which may not be substantially different. If one os looking for a diesel hatch with modern styling and is tight on budget, the Beat makes good practical sense.

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