General Motors will launch the Chevrolet Beat Diesel on the 25th of July, 2011. The automaker plans to price the diesel-powered Beat very competitively and is determined to shake the segment with the value it plans to offer. The Chevrolet Beat Diesel is powered by a 936cc, 3-cylinder engine which produces 58.5 BHP of power and 150 NM of torque. GM engineers have managed to attain excellent NVH levels on the car and the vibrations are even lower than the Volkswagen Polo Diesel. The Polo Diesel also uses a 3-cylinder motor, but produces more power and significantly better torque.
The Beat Diesel will compete with the Ford Figo, which is its nearest rival in the segment. GM plans to offer the Beat Diesel to customers without any waiting and have already boosted production of diesel engines at their facility in Talegaon. The Fiat derived motor boosts of excellent driveability but compromises on outright acceleration. Overall the Beat Diesel is a step in the right direction for GM India, who plan to boost sales in the growing Indian car market. We have already driven the diesel Beat, our first impressions can be found here.