We have been reporting you about Chevrolet's plans to introduce a compact sedan in India, which would be based on the Beat hatchback. Now, it has been learnt that Beat-based GM sedan would debut in 2017 and currently, it is under development. It is also known through sources that the next-generation Beat hatchback, specifically for India, is in works. Just so you know, General Motors recently held the world premiere of all-new Spark (Beat in India), but it won't head to India.
The next-gen Beat would be a completely restyled version of the current car. The reason, which propelled the company to not bring the all-new Spark (Beat) in India, seems to be cost issues as our country is a highly cost-sensitive market. Hence, the American automajor decided to give the India-spec model a heavy facelift, instead of bringing the all-new Spark (Beat). The new Chevrolet compact sedan would be based on next-gen of India-spec Beat, and the exterior styling would be quite identical. Though, for global markets, both the next-gen Beat and compact sedan based on it, are expected to share several elements with the all-new Spark.
Mechanically, the new Beat-based compact sedan would be introduced in both petrol and diesel guises. The sedan would be powered by a set of 1.0L, 3-cylinder petrol and diesel motors. The same set of petrol and diesel engines would also do duties to the next-gen Beat hatchback. For those asking, the 1.0L, 3-pot diesel mill is new to India, while the petrol engine is a down-sized version of company's existing 1.4L, 4-cylinder, Ecotech motor. The aforesaid petrol engine is on offer with all-new Spark (Beat). Chevrolet's compact sedan would join the crowded sub 4-meter sedan segment which currently has Maruti Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, and Tata Zest. In addition, Volkswagen's compact sedan is all set to debut at 2016 Auto Expo in February.
Note: All-New Spark (Beat) is shown in images as no pictures of India-spec next-gen Beat and Beat-based compact sedan are available as of now.