"Safe, affordable, versatile and stingy at the pump"… The 2013 Chevrolet Spark, with the original multifunction touch-screen system, is expected in Canada by mid-2012. Already winning several safety awards in Europe and Asia, this tiny Chevy - just 3.7 metres (144.7 inches) long - will compete here with the likes of the Fiat 500, smart fortwo and Scion iQ.
The centre of attraction: a 7” diagonal touch-screen that’s compatible with Bluetooth devices, allowing free hand calls. Plus, you can play videos or check out photos, when the car is not running.
This indulging infotainment technology contrasts sharply with its sobriety at the pump, with fuel economy of 5.1L/100km. The reason? How about a 1.2L inline-four Ecotec engine, plus low rolling resistance tires, propelling a low weight of under 2,400 pounds (1,100 kg).
And the Spark comes well protected, with Chevrolet adding OnStar call assist in case of collision to the 5-year/160,000-km powertrain guarantee. Safety equipment also includes 10 standard air bags. These safety features have won awards in Europe and Korea - where The Spark is already on the market.
Comfort on the road for both driver and passengers is helped by the StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist.
As for the build of the 4-door hatchback, appearances can be deceiving. Rear door handles are ‘hidden’ in the C-pillar to give the Spark a sportier, two-door appearance. Rest assured, four doors means room for four passengers.
Exterior styling matches 15-inch alloy wheels with a bold choice of colours: Salsa, Jalapeno, Denim, Lemonade and Techno Pink. For the more conservative, there also more subdued tones: Black Granite Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic and Summit White.
Inside the 2LT version, you’ll find heated leatherette front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. For better visibility in particular, the dash and instrumentation sizes have been decreased.
Although prices for the 2013 Chevrolet Spark haven’t been set for the Canadian market yet, you can expect an MRSP of under $14,000.