• Oct 20, 2008
The Chevy Beat will hopefully succeed as GM's high-volume entry into the micro-car market, and the General's Korean design team has been tasked with making the little hatch look more expensive than it is. We were able to take a look at spy photos of the Beat on the outside back in August, and learned that a four-door version is in the pipeline. Now we're getting our first look at the production interior, and the pic is completely undisguised.
The first thing we noticed was a very unique gauge cluster. The GM design team put the main displays in two completely separate pods. On the left is a typical round speedometer, while a square display -- possibly used for testing purposes -- is on the right. The look is definitely different, and almost aftermarket in appearance.

The dash as a whole carries the exterior design theme of the concept, with flowing lines drawing our attention to the Beat's center stack. The console is far more traditional than the gauges, with a bare minimum of buttons and knobs and what appears to be some matte black low-grade plastics.

While our first glance at the Beat's interior leaves us cautiously optimistic for the little city car as a whole, we're still disappointed that the General isn't planning to bring their global micro car to the US. Then again, we see cup holders due north of the transmission. Maybe there's hope yet. Thanks for the tip, Corey!


[Source: The College Driver]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 17 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      From what I can see, this interior is perfectly on par with other entry-level subcompacts. In some cases above them.
      I don't understand the hate at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not a subcompact, it's a city car. And the interior is very much in line with other city cars. If not better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If that's the interior and it is as cheap as it looks, Ford, Mazda, Hyundai, Toyota, etc. have nothing to worry about. It looks really pedestrian.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interior looks beat...
      • 6 Years Ago
      GMAC is bankrupt and this is what GM is releasing?

      Any more than $12,000 and I'd never even look in its direction.

      GM should cut every single marque except Cadillac, Chevrolet and Buick
        • 6 Years Ago
        i also think the interior is a bit boring but i mean its ust a little econobox

        but as for the part bout cutting it down to those 3 makes i disagree

        just in the U.S. i think they should get rid of buick, as well as saab and hummer

        i think they could keep pontiac as a small company that really just does stuff like the solstice and g8

        gmc should only produce commercial trucks

        but for the rest of the world, buick sells well in china and holden does well in australia, while vauxhall is needed in europe
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks just like a Daewoo. After seeing that interior, I'm kind of glad it won't be sold in the U.S.
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      personally, i hope they change their mind and i think they will because scion is coming with the iQ, ford is bringing the fiesta (which ROCKS!) and honda is probably going to get in the mix along with others (finger's crossed for the Mazda 2, toes crossed for Mazda SPEED2)

      looks nice so far....
      • 6 Years Ago
      All that big cars do is show Americans over consumption of the woulds resorses and Europeans will just hate you more and more . The vast majority of small hatchback look sexy just look at that car .
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not sure this meets the goal of "looking more expensive than it is", but it's decent I suppose for the price range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too me, it looks as theres no way to swap the stereo head deck with out making it a huge project..

      Cant see this stateside in that form..
      • 6 Years Ago
      i would take a guess that the convensional anolog gadge on the steering column would be the tac and the digital display next to it would be an digital speedo and prob a fuel gadge and coolant temp, a la sport bike
      • 6 Years Ago
      And GM slowly kills itself.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        I disagree, see you think that Beat will look just as cool as the concept and would cost 13K.

        Just look at that ugly interior on the spy shot. Look, Beat would most likely be build by Daiwoo (GMs south Korean brother) which currently builds Aveo, arguably the worst cars avaliable in USA. This Beat looks cool, but it would still be build by Daiwoo, and it would probably have a similar interior to Aveo.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you seen the interiors of other small cars? This thing is boss compared to others.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Real nice dash...notice the test mule dude left the keys on the center stack console, right above the vents...

        I think in this case, the above test mule is code named the Chevy "Bait"...
        • 6 Years Ago
        1: "the General isn't planning to bring their global micro car to the US."

        2: The production version will be an ugly derivative anyway.

        GM can't pull their heads out of their butts to save their lives.

    • Load More Comments