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Chevrolet Beat

GM is launching Chevrolet’s Beat in the small car segment in India. Prior to this car, GM came with Aveo U-VA and Spark and this car will be between Spark and U-VA. It was during last year’s Auto Expo that Chevrolet Beat came to India and it stole the hearts of people. It is four door hatchback cars in India. This car is based on a concept which was displayed in New York Auto expo two years back. Though this car is called Spark in other countries but in India it will be called as Beat because GM has already launched another mini car with the name of Spark in India. This car will be available in Diesel as well as petrol engines models.

GM got the confidence for launch of Beat in India because of the success and popularity of Spark. Beat is being designed for city commuting and has small displacement engine to deliver best fuel economy. The car is designed on the same platform on which Splash from Suzuki was built. Beat, unlike Spark and Aveao U-VA, will be priced very competitively because GM is setting an engine plant in India only.

This car will be in heads on competition with other small cars in hatchback segment like Hyundai i10 Kappa and Maruti Suzuki’ new Splash. Beat is 3640mm in length which is about 75 mm longer than i10. Though this car is small but it is not at all cute and petite as it looks strong and muscular.

Inside of the car is quite elegant. It is more like current Spark doing rounds in India. It has got encapsulated speakers on the dashboard, central console or Ac louvre; all of them are like in Spark. Instrument binnacle is placed, just like other cars, behind the steering wheel. It has got a LCD interface. There is mix of vibrant colors inside the car which make it lively place to be in. There is enough room for four adults and their luggage.

There would be two variants of this car; 1.0 –liter four cylinder petrol and new 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol. Though exact power figures are not available yet but it is expected that 1.0 litre engine will deliver 65 bhp and 1.2-litre engine will deliver 80-85 bhp. This car is designed for city commute but can run comfortably on highways also.

Chevrolet Beat is expected to enter India by late 2010 or early 2011. Many price conscious Indians are looking forward to buy this car.

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