The 2013 Chevrolet Spark mini car is the only car in its
segment to offer a seven-inch color touch screen radio capable of displaying
smart phone-based navigation, media and contacts for hands-free calling.
A sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch updated for United
States and Canadian consumers, Spark is designed to excite first-time buyers
and city dwellers with its bold styling and colors, affordability, the safety
of 10 standard air bags, fuel efficiency and maneuverability.
Though compact, Spark offers more passenger and cargo room
than other mini cars such as the Fiat 500, Smartfortwo and the Scion iQ.
Equipped with the 1.2L four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission,
Spark will offer competitive fuel economy.
“Spark is for buyers who want much more than a ‘cute’ small
car – they want a car that can be personalized, is dynamic and fashionable, and
delivers a lot of value for the money,” said Chris Perry, vice president,
global Chevrolet marketing and strategy. “Spark’s vibrant exterior and interior
colors make a fashion statement, but it is also affordable, safe, maneuverable
and very fuel-efficient.”
The original version of the Spark is already on sale in
Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico and South America, where it has received
several styling and safety awards.
Just as the Chevrolet Cruze helped strengthen Chevrolet’s
position in the small car segment with its more-than-expected value, the Spark
is designed to challenge preconceived notions of how an affordable mini car can
look, feel and drive.
While the Spark looks like a three-door hatch, designers cleverly
disguised the rear doors by integrating the handles into the C-pillar area. The
technique gives Spark its sporty appearance without sacrificing four-door
comfort and utility. An integrated spoiler over the rear hatch door enhances
Spark’s dynamic appearance while also improving the car’s aerodynamics, for
Spark’s wheels-at-the-corners stance is further emphasized
by standard 15-inch alloy wheels. Other exterior styling enhancements include a
new grille and front fascia, a longer rear fascia, and modified headlamps and
taillamps. Redesigned outside rearview mirrors also improve aerodynamics.
Uplevel features include matching rocker panel moulding,
chrome brightwork at the beltline and liftgate handle trim, detail around the
poke-through exhaust outlet and around the fog lamps.
Attention-grabbing exterior finishes include Salsa,
Jalapeno, Denim, Lemonade and Techno Pink, as well traditional hues such as
Grey Area, Black Granite, Silver Ice and Summit White.
Inside, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, included
on 1LT and 2LT Spark models, provides a seven-inch color touch screen. With
MyLink, Spark buyers can bring their customized music libraries into the
vehicle and use their smart phones and Bluetooth connectivity to access both Pandora
and Stitcher internet radio and navigation. When the vehicle is stopped, owners
can project video and even personal photo albums onto the screen.
“This level of infotainment and connectivity was unheard of
in this segment, until now,” said Perry. “We know Spark buyers do not want to
give up personalization just because they drive a smaller car.”
Air conditioning and power windows are standard across the
Spark lineup. Color-coordinated interiors feature a lower instrument panel –
with a motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster – and lower center console for maximum
visibility and storage. Decorative inserts in the front door and instrument panel
add a premium touch, as does the ice blue ambient lighting and faceplates
across the door pockets and dash. Heated leatherette seats and leather-wrapped
steering wheel are included on Spark 2LT.
In the United States and Canada, the Spark will be powered
by a 1.2L dual-overhead cam four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing
that delivers an estimated 85 horsepower (63 kW). It is mated to a standard
five-speed manual transmission for competitive city and highway fuel economy. A
four-speed automatic transmission will also be available.
The dual-overhead cam 1. 2 L was developed using best
practices from GM Powertrain technical centers.
It combines competitive performance with sophisticated
technologies such as dual continuous variable cam phasing, electronically
controlled thermostat and low-friction engine oil to give customers an engine
that is low- m aintenance, with reduced emissions and outstanding fuel economy.
Spark’s body-frame integral structure is tight and stiff for
improved driving dynamics. The electronic power steering, MacPherson strut-type
front suspension and anti-lock braking systems are designed to deliver taut,
tight handling characteristics that better connect the driver with the road and
provide outstanding overall stability. StabiliTrak electronic stability control
Spark is equipped with vented front disc and rear drum
brakes with low-compressibility brake pads for optimal stopping performance and
good pedal feel. Low-rolling resistance tires use a silica compound and revised
tread design for a solid road feel and improved fuel efficiency.