While the rest of the world knows Chevy‘s new city car as the Spark, the vehicle — for some peculiar reason — bears the Beat nameplate in India, while the Spark name is relegated to the aging Daewoo-designed Matiz. And it’s this latter legacy vehicle that’s about to get a facelift.
The update seems to be mild in nature, with the Spark (ahem, Matiz) being the lucky recipient of a variation of Chevy’s twin-port grille, new bumpers, a revised lower fascia and fog lamp cluster, and a new hatch door. The cabin is expected to remain the same, with updates to seat fabric and trim piece choices, while the powertrain is expected to remain unchanged from the current 1.0 liter four-pot making 62 horsepower mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
IndianAutosBlog.com expects Chevy to make the announcement for the facelifted car later this month — possibly following Maruti’s debut of its Alto 800 on October 16th to garner as much media attention as possible. But will these updates fix the Matiz’s lackluster safety performance? We’re not holding our collective breath.
Hat tip to Kaustubh S.