While it may be a tad too small for some buyers, Chevrolet seems to be quite happy with the sales of its Spark microcar. In its first 12 months of sales in the US, the little guy actually posted numbers 35-percent higher than the Bowtie had anticipated. However, the current model was already on sale abroad for a few years before coming to these shores, and it looks like Chevy has a radical change in mind for the next-gen Spark.

These spy shots from Europe indicate that the next Spark is ditching the current model's vertical headlights in favor of a more horizontal design. The egg-like arching shape remains similar, but the slashing arch of the beltline appears to be toned down significantly. While that means rear passengers are getting a better view, that cue is one of the things that sets the Spark's design apart.

Elsewhere, it's hard to spot too many differences. The rear door handles are still hidden in the C-pillar, and any changes to the rear are hard to discern because of the camo. The vertically oriented taillights are staying, though.

These early photos make it seem like the Spark is getting toned down in styling for its new generation, but it's way too early to know for sure. There is no official word on when the new model debuts, but spotting it jives with earlier reports that GM is readying it for the first half of 2015.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      The new Cruze looks terrible, but even camoed up I can tell this Spark is an improvement over the current car. Why? Smaller headlamps, that's why. The current front end is ALL headlamps. This looks much more balanced.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had my car in for service, and the enterprise rent-a-car at the dealership gave me the choice between a Regal, and a Sonic. As I was only going a few miles away, and would only have it for 3-4 hours, out of curiosity, I took the Sonic. It actually turned out to be a fun (not sporty-fun, but fun in an interesting sort of way) car. It was peppy, nimble, roomy (I'm 5'10", had plenty of head & legroom), and wasn't terrible to drive. I definitely wouldn't choose it if I were to keep it for more than a few hours though. I can see the Sonic serving its purpose as inexpensive, basic, transportation, and for the non-enthusiast majority, it fits the bill. Based on the fact that I dropped off a European sports sedan, the rental counter staff was surprised that I chose it over the Regal.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I had pretty much the same experience. My 2000 bimmer died (again) and the rental I got was a sonic (1.8 auto). I dismissed it almost immediately as a crappy rental car but over a two day trip I kind of liked it. It really handled well for such a basic car. In fact, I liked it so much that I actually bought myself a loaded 1.4 turbo, six speed manual hatchback. As long as you remember that this is an economy car (I get 29mpg in 100% urban driving in a hilly area) this car is really satisfying. And since it was the end of the year i got a smoking deal. Now when I head out the door I usually gravitate to the Chevy. Somehow it is more fun to drive a less capable car nearer it's limits than a more capable car far below its limits. Doesn't hurt that the bmw is saddled with a crappy slush box. Parking is a LOT easier too. My bimmer's days may be numbered.
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol that is not a "micro car"
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a mini Sonic at least the headlights.
      Clem Zahrobsky
      • 1 Year Ago
      a lot of this front end changes is because of the pedestrian impact laws. those little projections on the bottom of the spoiler on the 2014 corvette and impala are not for aero but for the impact law
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it still is lame...
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIS is why GM fails - they enlarge cars, and chenge styling elements that set models apart from looking like other cookie-cutter cars. Distinctive and small can sell. GM just dosen't get it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The clown car face is gone! Now it looks more like a Mitsu Mirage. The car is way too small for me.
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's no way the beltline on the car changes in a mid-cycle refresh. Looking at pics of current sparks, it appears that this beltline just looks different because the black area up by the wing mirrors usually makes the beltline look more raked and it is covered with white pattern here. This looks like it's strictly a front-end change and personally, I don't like it. Maybe it'll look better with less camo.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because your prefer to have headlamps the size of Texas?
      Wirecup Dailey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stay w/2014 classic front end body design-this 2015 render has no character. Do improve other items such as: a more powerful GDI engine; larger cup holders (for 64 oz soda cups); add 3-inches more rear seat knee room; and the cargo stowage area (to allow stowage of a golf bag with clubs behind the rear seat).
      Bret Frohwein
      • 1 Year Ago
      nice to see that they tamed down the under bite a bit..
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since the Cruze gets "new face" from Malibu, the Spark must get Cruze's old face as "new face", talking about trickle down effect.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Cruze is being replaced by an all new model next year. This 2015 is the last year in its current form
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