NEW GLOBAL CITY CAR: The new Chevrolet Spark will be a global city car, on sale in more than 40 markets. Image: Chevrolet
NEW YORK - Chevrolet's fourth-generation Spark was unveiled at the 2015 New York auto show. The little hatchback gains a new design, new 1.4 litre engine and Chevrolet's latest MyLink system.
The new Spark has a sleeker appearance, slightly longer wheelbase and is 40mm lower than the outgoing version.
It's built on an all-new, more robust platform which, Chevrolet claims, provides a stronger body, improved handling and reduced road noise.
HEADED FOR SA?
General Motors SA has yet to confirm whether the new Spark will arrive locally.
A spokesperson told Wheels24: "At this stage we cannot comment on details relating to future product introductions. We can confirm that we will continue to build and sell the current model Spark in South Africa until the end of its current model lifecycle."
NEW ENGINE, OPEL INTERIOR
It's powered by a new 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol, part of General Motors new Ecotec family, capable of 73kW and mated to a either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 litres/100km.
Inside it has a new LCD instrument panel and a more prominent centre console along with Opel-derived body-colour trim. the new Spark gains a 17cm colour touch screen.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Chevrolet Spark
New safety systems include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and forward collision alert as well as OnStar (in North America) connectivity with 4G Wi-Fi. In terms of safety it has ten air bags including driver/front passenger, knee, curtain and and seat-mounted thorax/pelvic.
New and enhanced features:
• New Ecotec 1.4-litre petrol
• Blind spot alert, lane departure warning, collision alert
• Chevrolet MyLink with 17cm colour touch screen
• LCD instrument cluster
• Loads of customisable accessories
NEXT-GEN SPARK: Chevrolet's new Spark can be equipped with loads of accessories. Image: Chevrolet
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