It’s a Spark on the horizon. Always count on Van Halen lyrics for the perfect phrase. Hey, here’s something not heard every day- ‘I want something smaller than the Chevy Sonic.’ Yes, it is possible, and you get there by way of the brand new 2013 Chevrolet Spark, a mini that’s set to plug seamlessly into the new ‘think smaller’ Chevy mind shift.
Here’s what to expect when Spark goes on sale in the very near future.
Chevrolet Spark Trims and Feature Highlights
The Spark is a 4 passenger, 5-door mini hatch that represents the smallest nameplate in Chevy’s lineup. Just how small is Spark, you ask? It’s over a foot shorter than the Chevy Sonic, which puts it on par with the FIAT 500, a car whose customers Spark will try to sway, along with those of the Smartfortwo and Scion IQ- all nameplates that Spark outshines in terms of both passenger and cargo room, according to Chevy (they check out so far). A self-anointed city car, Chevy wants its customers to know that Spark is a ‘fuel efficient, affordable, and maneuverable’ choice for the young-ish shoppers that will hopefully call Spark their own, especially when they see a $12,245 starting price. Look for 1LT and 2LT trims right off the bat, and there’s talk of an electric version down the road as well.
Here’s more reason to pay attention: Chevy has equipped Spark with ordinary niceties like alloy wheels, A/C, and power windows, as well as bonus tech that can be hard to find for this class, like MyLink infotainment on a 7” touchscreen, Bluetooth, and XM radio.
And then there are Spark’s paint schemes. Salsa, Jalapeno, Lemonade, Denim, and Techno Pink, all the ingredients necessary to either stand out in a crowd or have one decent house party. Check out Spark in action.
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Chevrolet Spark Performance
As small goes, the Spark’s engine doesn’t get much tinier. Chevy lets loose a 1.2 liter 4-cylinder worth 85 horsepower and 82 lb.-ft. of torque- and that’s it. Shoppers will receive front-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission standard, with the option for a 4-speed automatic.
Chevrolet Spark Fuel Economy
Chevy hasn’t released fuel numbers yet but expect gracious marks due to Spark’s tiny engine and lithe curb weight of just over 2,000 pounds.
Chevrolet Spark Interior Highlights
Spark passengers will have a bit of interior room to work with; Chevy gives measurements of 86.3 cubic feet for overall interior volume, with 42” of legroom up front and 35.2” in back. You’ll only have room for four, but passengers should be comfortable with enough tech and creature comforts to get through an overhyped night on the town.
Chevy says Spark’s cargo volume will be 11.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and 31.2 cubes with nobody taking up the back seat.
Chevrolet Spark Safety
2013 Spark safety standards include antilock brakes, stability/traction control, OnStar emergency services (free for 6 months), and 10 airbags- a big number for a car so small. Being surrounded by airbags is a nice feeling, and you can expect Spark to shine in terms of safety ratings as well- that is if it takes after its overseas counterparts and ‘big’ brother Sonic.
Chevrolet Spark Summary
It’s obviously too early to announce the Spark as a small-time savior, but Chevy has done by downsizing recently. The price is right and fuel numbers should excite; add upscale features people will actually use and the 2013 Spark should find its audience pretty quickly. We’ll just have to wait and see if a jalapeno or salsa hued Spark warms us as much as the actual foods do.
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