GM India has revealed to their dealers and retailers that the new generation Chevrolet Beat will be launched in India by the third week of July 2017. One of the smallest cars on offer in the Chevrolet India line-up (Spark is the smallest), 2017 Beat will get a 7-inch colour touchscreen on its dashboard. This time around, Chevrolet might price the Beat even cheaper than before, probably in the same segment as Renault Kwid 1 liter.
Engine options on offer will include an all-new 1.0 liter three cylinder petrol engine from the ECOTEC family. This engine is a down-sized version of the 1.4L ECOTEC. Diesel engine will be in the form of current 1.0L mill, but tuned for better mileage and performance. Transmission options will include 5 speed manual gearbox. Option of AMT could also be available.
First showcased at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show, India-spec new generation Beat will not be based on the M2 platform, on which the global Beat (also known as Spark in many countries) is based. The reason – this platform is too expensive for the segment in which Beat is sold in India. In order to keep the price of 2017 Beat same as existing Beat in India, it is reported that new Beat is based on the same platform as the current Beat’s M300 platform.
Exteriors and interiors will be designed to look like the the new-gen Beat, but the underpinnings will remain that of old Beat. Basically, it would be safe to assume that the new gen Beat for India is a facelift, and not a thorough new generation car.
Apart from the new Beat, Chevrolet was also working towards launching new small cars in the 5+ lakh car segment as the company hopes to claim a 5% market share in India by 2025. But with the recent report, which states that Chevrolet and GM are winding India operations, the future seems unclear.