Chevrolet has redesigned the Spark city car for 2016.
Based on a brand new architecture, the 2016 version of this city car will have a slightly longer wheelbase, and an overall height about 1.6 inches lower than the current model. The lower profile reduces aerodynamic drag to help improve efficiency, stated Chevy.
“At its core, the new Spark is still the fun, agile urban car that made the first-generation model so popular, but it delivers that fun driving experience with greater sophistication,” said Sam Basile, executive chief engineer. “And while it’s a truly global car, it is targeted for more developed vehicle markets, allowing engineers to focus more precisely on the materials and technologies that resonate with customers in those markets.”
The new Spark will be powered by an all-new Ecotec 1.4 liter four cylinder engine combined to a choice of either manual or continuously variable (CVT) transmissions. The engine’s 98 horsepower represents a 16-percent increase over the current model.
GM estimated this new Spark will return 40 mpg on the highway with the available CVT. This is the only mpg figure the automaker is at this time announcing.
Chevy explained the new 1.4 liter engine features an aluminum cylinder block and head, which helps reduce the vehicle’s overall mass to enhance performance and efficiency. The cylinder head also incorporates an integrated exhaust manifold, which further reduces weight – an attribute that contributes to increased vehicle efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance, for a more responsive driving experience.
Safety-wise, the Spark will be available with Side Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert. The Spark will also incorporate next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch-diagonal color touch screen.
The 2016 Spark will be offered in more than 40 markets around the world and will be produced at GM’s Changwon, South Korea assembly facility.
It will go on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2015. No word yet on whether the EV version will soldier on the previous gen or will migrate to the new for 2016 architecture.