Chevrolet has teased the 2016 Spark ahead of the model’s planned debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 2nd. The all-new Korean-built hatchback’s American debut will also happen in tandem with its Korean unveiling at the Seoul Auto Show, the automaker announced.
The all-new Spark, which has been spied testing on numerous occasions and was even caught without its camouflage not far from General Motor’s Changwon Assembly plant in Korea, will have “a sleeker, more aerodynamic profile,” and will be “a progressive take on Chevrolet’s signature design cues.”
“The new Spark’s design has evolved and grown up with the segment,” Michael Simcoe, GM’s international vice president of design, said in a statement. “The youthful whimsy of the original Spark is still in its genes, but it is conveyed in more traditional proportions that reinforce the customer’s refined expectations.”
The updated model is expected to have plenty in common with the Opel Karl and Vauxhall Viva in which it will share a platform with, however there will likely be changes to the powertrain and interior, among others. We’re expecting the Spark to be offered with new engines from GM’s line of Ecotec motors, but the 75 horsepower 1.0-liter offered in the Karl and Viva will probably omitted.
According to GM, the Spark is attracting more young buyers to the Chevrolet brand, with 26 percent of Spark owners being under the age of 35. The model is also experiencing success in the new year, with sales up 32 percent in January and February. The bowtie brand will be looking for the new Spark to carry the success of the outgoing model when it’s unveiled next month.