You already know that the Chevrolet Spark is destined for U.S. soil. Now, however, comes word that General Motors plans to give the subcompact hatchback a light facelift before it arrives. The version you see above will get slightly refreshed mug before it shows up in your local dealer's showroom.

Originally slated to be a 2012 model, the reworked Spark is now expected to arrive in the middle of 2012 for the 2013 model year. GM Inside News reports that The General will bring the car Stateside with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, which can be paired with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox (each down a gear from where they should be, sadly). Either combination should be able to hit 40 miles per gallon in a combination of highway and city driving.


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      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's one of GM's problems..They move way too slow in bringing products to market.... It's almost as if they can't make up their mind. Also their decision NOT to bring products to the US market is puzzling....The Cruze hatchback is a case in point.......Ford is selling Fiesta and Focus hatckbacks like hot cakes and GM decided not to offer the Cruze hatch in the USA....(???????????????) I do not understand that..... Another questionable decision....The Captiva crossover SUV will be offered only to fleet buyers......... What's with that....... WAKE UP GM!!!!!!!!!!
      tnsubie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I wrong in thinking this slots below the Sonic? The Sonic is the Fiesta/Accent/Versa/Rio/Yaris/Fit competitor. This will come in closer to the iQ/Fiat 500 size. Right?
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tnsubie
        This is an A segment vehicle, the Sonic is a B segment. So, yes, it is smaller than the Sonic.
        c2100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tnsubie
        I have seen them both and you are correct http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/5346168262/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/5375478494/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/6131597394/
      Albert Ferrer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand why a 5 speed manual gearbox is labelled as "down a gear from where [it] should be, sadly" This is a small car, with a small low power engine. I'm sure that they simplicty of the 5 speed more than pays off, and if the gear ratios are well chosen it should have no problem achieving respectable numbers, ease of use and a pleasant and enjoyable usage. And extra long overdrive-like 6th gear in a 1.2 litre car will be useless. Also consider this, most of the A, B and even many C-segment eco-minded european cars feature 5 speed gearboxes, not 6 speeds.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Albert Ferrer
        Looking at the specs for this engine, it comes to 80 hp and 80 lb-ft of peak torque at a high 4800rpm. Considering that they will likely add some weight for US crash standards and that this is a fairly boxy vehicle, it will probably take some revs to maintain highway speed. As such, an additional gear may not be very useful. http://www.chevrolet.co.uk/cars/spark/features-and-specs.html Haven driven a Hyundai i10 (which is similar in size and power), I think there would be very few times where an additional gear would be useful.
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      4 speed Auto...absolutely groundbreaking....??????????????????? Come on Chevy, MAN UP!
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Is that such a big deal in a car that's going to be super cheap? The Sonic starts at about $14k, and this is going to be less than that.
        hudkina
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        This is meant to compete at the lowest (i.e. cheapest) end of the market. Right now the only serious A-Segment vehicles in the U.S. are the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper. The cheapest Fiat 500 with a 6-spd auto costs $17,000, while that jumps to over $21,000 for a Mini Cooper. For this segment those are premium prices. The Sonic will likely start out in the $10,000 range, or around half the price of a Mini. Initially the Spark will compete against the lower end of the B-Segment.
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      that is the most awkward looking car I"ve seen in a while
      mtunofun
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only people who would be excited about this are employees of Enterprise, Hertz, and Avis. Having rented an Aveo, any sort of update would be a vast improvment over the Aveo.
        David Garfunkel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mtunofun
        Add to your list of excited employees' those at Dignity Memorial. Just saying.
      Sourabh Shrotriya
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is a Chevy Beat not spark..
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sourabh Shrotriya
        The Beat was the concept. The production version shown is the Spark, which replaced the former Matiz/Spark sold globally.
        Brian Lara
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sourabh Shrotriya
        I think you are right if you are referring Indian Market.
      sick of stupidity
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's a shame that will all these great small car designs that come out of euro this is the crap they send to the USA. I guess when you are forced to make the grill this ugly to accommodate that horrible log, it's bound to not get any better! Just dismal.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sick of stupidity
        If you don't like the grille pictured above, they are changing it to make it even bigger: look 3/4 down the page: http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f70/u-s-getting-updated-chevrolet-spark-105759/index4.html
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sick of stupidity
        Most Americans wouldn't pay the prices those European small cars command.
      DCI Gene Shunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, this is a lot like a Fit, but GM needs this.
      chicagovet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me, but this car sort of looks like its zones have been pre-crumpled.
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      What exactly is the point of this car? We already have Sonic vs Fiesta & Focus vs Cruze.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      4-speed auto? I'm incredibly disappointed. Sure that could get 40mpg combined, but a microcar should get 50 if you're sacrificing that much comfort and safety. Put a 6-speed in, and make it work.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Microcars = Inexpensive 6 Speed Auto = More expensive than a 4 speed Forgive me if I am wrong, but I believe this is an A segment vehicle. An inexpensive transmission makes the A segment vehicle less expensive which is the whole point of this car here.
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