ET reports that the Chevrolet Beat Essentia sub-4 metre sedan will be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 next week. The car which is reported to be under development since 2013 would hit the market in 2017.
The Beat Essentia will be accompanying the soft crossover version of the Beat. The mini sedan which will be positioned below the Sail would be aiming to garner some much needed sales volume for the brand. The Chevy compact sedan will go head on against the Maruti Dzire, Ford Figo Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the upcoming Volkswagen Ameo.
The Essentia is reported to adopt the hatchback sibling’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel engine and 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. A 5-speed manual transmission would be standard.
Visually, the car is expected to follow Chevrolet’s global design language with dual-port grille. The interior design is likely to be carried forward from the Beat hatchback.
GM’s ailing Indian subsidiary is in a dire need of portfolio overhaul. The American automaker recently launched the Trailblazer ladder frame SUV which will be followed by the Spin MPV. In a bid to improve operating efficiency, the company would be shuttering its Halol plant in Gujarat and shift its entire production operations to the Talegoan facility in Maharashtra.