Chevrolet left the European market but is still going to sell its Spark urban model in other markets. So it has unveiled a new generation of the small car, during New York Auto Show first press day.
New Spark Exterior
The new generation Spark has an evolutionary design, with changes that occur mostly on the front. The car has now a slightly longer wheelbase and an overall height about 1.6 inches (40 mm) lower than the current model.
The lower profile reduces aerodynamic drag to help improve efficiency. It is also built on an all-new, more robust architecture. An evolution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-port grille is flanked by large, elliptical headlamps that sweep back into the front fenders. The lower roof height reduces the characteristic upright look of many minicars.
A palette of bold exterior colors remains, and three new colors – Toasted Marshmallow, Kalamata and Splash – join the mix, depending on the market.
Inside there are upgraded materials and greater attention to detail, including higher-density seat foam that enhance comfort. An all-new instrument panel design with an advanced liquid crystal display (LCD) features a prominent “center stack” for the infotainment and climate system controls.
The Spark’s all-new MyLink radio features a capacitive-touch color display, with an icon-based interface similar to smartphones and other electronic devices. And like a smartphone, the capacitive-touch display allows swiping, pinching and other gestures.
2016 Spark Engine
The 2016 Spark is powered by an all-new 1.4-liter engine that is part of GM’s new, global family of Ecotec small-displacement engines. It offers an estimated 98 horsepower, which is a 16-percent increase over the current model.