General Motors has launched the Chevrolet Spark Facelift in the Indian market today. The company was ready with the facelifted Spark since quite some time now, but chose to delay the launch, as it wanted to clear inventory of the old model. While GM has gone ahead and bravely called the facelifted Spark as the All new Spark, the truth is far from it. The facelifted Chevrolet Spark is mechanically the same as the old model, with changes to the car being purely cosmetic. GM feels this is enough to gain volumes this festive season.
The changes to the Chevrolet Spark include a new front end with revised grille, bumper and head lights. The rear also gets a new bumper with reflectors and black lower body to make the car visually more appealing. On the inside, GM has given the Spark an all new green colored instrument cluster, while the seat and door fabric is new too. Power comes in from the same 995cc, 4-cylinder petrol engine which produces a power output of 63 PS at 5400 RPM and peak torque of 90.3 Nm at 4200 RPM. LPG variants come with a next-generation sequential injection-type LPG kit which has advantages like no engine backfiring while changing to LPG mode or back to petrol, good fuel economy, low running cost, better power and pick-up, and lower emissions compared to the competition. The factory-fitted LPG kit is certified by ARAI and DOE. It comes with the standard company warranty of three years/1-lakh km along with Chevrolet Promise.
Chevrolet Spark Facelift Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –
Spark Base – Rs 3.26 Lakhs
Spark LS – Rs 3.53 Lakhs
Spark LT – Rs 3.81 Lakhs
Spark LS LPG – Rs 3.82 Lakhs
Spark LT LPG – Rs 4.10 Lakhs
The new Spark comes with a three-year/100,000-km standard warranty. In addition, customers can opt for a unique add-on service maintenance package, the Chevrolet Promise Cost of Ownership Program, which provides free maintenance for three years or 45,000 km (whichever comes first). New Spark will be available in six colors; Velvet Red, Caviar Black, Linen Beige, Sandrift Grey, Summit White and Misty Lake.
Make no mistake, the Spark sold in India and the Spark sold overseas is very different as the Indian Spark is the Daewoo Matiz, while the global Spark is the Beat. GM is trying to extract every ounce of revenue from the aging Spark, which sold less than 300 units last month. This facelift to the Spark is GM’s last and final attempt before they axe this re-badged Daewoo Matiz. Will the facelifted Spark be a formidable rival to the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800?