The Chevrolet Spark, a mini car that is currently sold in over 100 markets around the world, will debut in the U.S. in late 2012 with some features especially designed to appeal the urban market.
"We listened to what people wanted in a car. Our engineers modified and equipped the Spark keeping in mind to the first buyers and urban residents of the United States. The Spark is the perfect city dwellers car because we did it easy to handle, park and maintain”, said Chris Perry, Global Marketing vice president of Chevrolet.
Photo: Chevrolet Spark 2013 (Interior). The design per se is already quite striking and Chevrolet wanted to emphasize it more with colors such as: Salsa, Jalapeno, Denim, Lemonade and Techno Pink that complement the car with a good dynamic handling, systems like MyLink as well as high safety.
To meet the challenges of urban driving, some adjustments were made to the model that will be sold in the United States.
In addition to the Hill Start Assist that allows drivers who live in places with many slopes as San Francisco, keep the car static while the driver changes the foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator, is also included the safety system, Panic Brake Assist, able to detect situations that require an emergency stop and automatically applies the maximum brake force.
Photo: 2013 Chevrolet Spark (Rear / Trunk). One of its benefits is that it offers more cargo and passengers space than other cars of its size as the Fiat 500, Scion iQ or the smart fortwo.
With the Spark, Chevrolet seeks to connect with a new generation of buyers looking for more in every product they purchase, so the brand facilitated the election process by reducing the number of options and offering more standard content to each trim level without forgetting a competitive price.
Photo: 2013 Chevrolet Spark (7-inch touch screen control). Chevrolet engineers also paid attention to the connectivity, which is one of the qualities that must have the current urban vehicles and in the case of the Spark, it allows the driver to be always in touch with the world thanks to the seven-inch touch screen that integrates the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system which provides access to Pandora, Bluetooth and Navigation, as well as the integration for Smartphones and USB port.
Some improvements to the engine give it more power, and regarding design, it is the only model of its segment that comes with 15” alloy wheels, helping to improve its performance.
Photo: 2013 Chevrolet Spark (engine / motor). It is equipped with a 1.2-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that produces 85 horsepower, with a 5-speed manual transmission. It has low friction in the engine so that you have to give it little maintenance. It also produces low emissions and a competitive fuel efficiency in both, city and highway driving.
A facelift was made to the car which included a deeper grill and more stylized fog lamps installed in order to get a sportier and more aggressive look.
Photo: 2013 Chevrolet Spark (interior / front). Inside, the The Spark has decorative inserts on the dashboard and in the front door, which together with its icy blue color lights give it a touch of top quality. The Spark 2LT version also has steering wheel and heated seats leather wrapped.
The safety features include technologies such as StabilityTrack and ABS, 10 airbags, OnStar security system that uses GPS technology and cell phone to automatically call in case of collision.
Photo: 2013 Chevrolet Spark (rear handle). It is hidden vertically in the upright.
Outside, the The Spark has hidden the rear doors as their handles are integrated into the C-pillar area, which gives it the appearance of a 3-door hatch. This achieves a sporty look without sacrificing the comfort given for the 4 doors. An integrated spoiler on the tailgate improves the aerodynamic aspect of the car to improve fuel efficiency. The wheels are at the corners, which highlights with the alloy wheels of 15 inches.
Photo: 2013 Chevrolet Spark (lateral / side). For all models is available an automatic transmission, four-speed, for an additional cost of $ 925 and it is the only model of its segment that has a performance warranty valid for five years or 100,000 miles, as well as the security of the OnStar system.
In conclusion, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark combines fuel efficiency, an affordable price and maneuverability for city drivers. It is designed to draw attention with its style, colors and versatility. If you live a big city where gas prices are increasing everyday and isn't easy to get a parking space, this cheap new car coming out to the US for 2013, is going to be one of the best choices in the market. If you are hurry, It will be available later this year with three trim levels, the Spark LS, Spark 1LT and Spark 2LT with a starting price of $12,245 only.
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