LOS ANGELES – General Motors plans to unveil its 2013 model-year Chevrolet Spark subcompact at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which begins Nov. 16. The automaker provided information on the vehicle and its specs in advance of the event.
General Motors said that for the U.S. and Canadian versions of the Spark, the vehicle will be powered by a 1.2L dual-overhead cam four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. The engine can deliver an estimated 85 horsepower (63 kW), according to GM. It is mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission, and a four-speed automatic transmission will also be available.
GM said the powertrain uses technologies such as dual continuous variable cam phasing, an electronically controlled thermostat and low-friction engine oil. The automaker has not yet provided estimates for fuel economy.
The Spark is a four-passenger, five-door hatchback that looks similar to a three-door hatchback due to the vehicle’s design. GM said its engineers disguised the rear doors by integrating the handles into the C-pillar area. The vehicle will come with an integrated spoiler over the rear hatch door, which GM said is used to enhance fuel economy and the vehicle’s appearance.
The Spark features a new grille and front fascia, a longer rear fascia, and modified headlamps and taillamps, in addition to redesigned outside rearview mirrors (which GM said also improve the Spark’s aerodynamics).
The Spark has 15-inch alloy wheels as standard. Exterior paint schemes come in the following colors: Grey Area, Black Granite, Silver Ice, Summit White, Salsa, Jalapeno, Denim, Lemonade, and Techno Pink.
The tires use a silica compound and have a revised tread design for better “feel” on the road. They offer low-rolling resistance for improved fuel economy.
The Spark comes with air conditioning and power windows as standard features. The dash features a lower instrument panel and a lower center console for maximum visibility and storage. The vehicle also comes with decorative inserts in the front door and instrument panel, 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 model.
Inside, the Spark features the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, which is included on 1LT and 2LT Spark models and features a seven-inch color touch screen.
The Spark provides a number of safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, standard StabiliTrack electronic stability control, and vented front disc and rear drum brakes with low-compressibility brake pads for improved braking performance.
The Spark features 10 airbags as standard. Other safety technologies include a rollover sensing system; three-point safety belts in all four seating positions; seat belt pretensioners in the front driver and passenger seats; the LATCH child seat attachment system; releasable pedals; adjustable head restraints; and a collapsible steering column. The vehicle also is equipped with the OnStar safety and security system
The Spark provides a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The automaker also recently announced it plans to build an electric version of this vehicle, starting in 2013.