Chevrolet Beat Review & Ratings
- 26 August 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Chevrolet Beat was initially unveiled to the public in 2007 at the New York International Auto Show as well as a few other concept cars, including the Trax and the Groove. This vehicle has a front-wheel-drive three-door hatchback design which comes from the Daewoo Kalos. Built in India and designed by GM Daewoo in South Korea, it has a 1.2 liter turbocharged gasoline engine as well as an automatic transmission. This vehicle appeared in the movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” as the character “Skids” as well as GM Trax mini-SUV.
The Beat has a Vertigo Green exterior color as well as the same colors for the interior. This car has a higher profile in the rear and the front of grille tapers down ever so slightly. The headlights on the Beat go from the base of the grille to the base of the windshield, which is definitely a different design that hasn’t been seen with many other vehicles from GM. This car was definitely designed to appeal to a younger demographic, as is evidenced by its sleek design and bright color. The overall design of this car makes it versatile and especially well-suited for urban driving.
The pre-production version of the Chevrolet Beat was presented at the 2009 North American International Show under the Chevrolet Spark name. The production version of this vehicle was officially announced in 2009, though only the Beat was put on display for all to see. A 5-door version of the Chevrolet Beat started its commercial production in early December of 2009 in Halol, Gujarat, India. The Beat was officially launched in India on January 5, 2010. The Holden version of this vehicle, which was named the Barina Spark, was unveiled at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.
The diesel version of the Chevrolet Beat was released in the Indian auto market on July 25, 2011. This vehicle had a 3-cylinder 936 cc turbodiesel engine which was capable of producing 62.5 PS and 160.26 Nm of torque, resulting in excellent acceleration and pick up. The 1.0 liter 936 diesel engine allowed this vehicle to reach speeds of up to 100 kph in just 16 seconds as well as a top speed of 143 kph. Chevrolet’s Beat Diesel offered excellent fuel efficiency at a gas mileage of 24 kpl or 56 mpg. The engine that this vehicle uses is based heavily on the Fiat Multijet diesel technology.
The Chevrolet Beat has received a fairly large facelift with some major changes to it, including a new rear spoiler with LED inserts as well as new mirrors and new bumpers. The updated version of this vehicle begins at Rs 3.92 lakh for petrol and Rs 4.72 lakh for the diesel-powered version, and it is definitely one of the more affordable vehicles in its class. With numerous safety features, this vehicle may not be large enough for someone with a big family, though it is extremely safe nonetheless.
The interior of this vehicle has comfortable seats as well as a stylish design with quality materials used throughout. Although the modern version of this vehicle does have somewhat of a small engine, it still offers more than adequate acceleration. The overall ride and handling of the Beat is good, even when driven on urban roads with potholes. It is the overall versatility of this vehicle which is what makes it such a good investment, especially for those who find themselves traveling quite a bit. The interior is somewhat confining and those who are on the large and tall side may find to be a bit uncomfortable, but overall it is still a good vehicle with solid specs.