Earlier this month, we told you that Chevy might offer the Beat — sold as the Spark elsewhere in the world — as a four-door sedan in India. The rumor came rather unexpectedly, due to these three reasons:
- There have been no prior rumors or spy shots of such a vehicle
- Chevrolet/General Motors did not announce a sedan variant of the Spark when it unveiled it at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April
- The Spark/Beat has been exclusively available as a five-door hatch since the inception of the first-generation, when it was called the Daewoo Matiz
Even so, a Beat sedan could actually be a great idea. Heres’ why.
Constantly on the best-sellers list in India is the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire — an inexpensive and rather goofy-looking four-door sedan (pictured below). A Beat sedan, therefore, would swoop right into the market’s best-selling segment, right there with the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, and the Tata Zest.
All in all, a Beat sedan could be a great step in turning around Chevy’s (seemingly) ever-slumping sales in India at the expense of rivals such as Maruti Suzuki, Ford, Hyundai, and Honda. Here’s to hoping that the model winds up a reality.