Chevrolet Beat, has 8 versions available in India in the form of 4 Petrol and 4 Diesel cars. It is available in 7 colors, namely; Caviar Black, Cocktail Green, Linen Beige, Sandrift Grey, Summit White, Super Red, and Switch Blade Silver. Launched in 2009, the Chevrolet Beat received its first restoration in 2014 with minor exterior and interior changes. One of the most popular Chevrolet cars in India, the new model is similar to its predecessor.
Last updated in 2014, the new model is sportier and more extrovert than its predecessor. At the front, it now sports a dual port chrome grille, modified bumpers, new headlamps and fog lamps with chrome lined contrasting black surround besides the side profile remaining the same. The rear profile has a new dual-tone rear bumper with black faux diffuser integrating reflectors and revised tail lamps with red inserts.
INTERIOR & FEATURES
Although the interior of the car resembles its predecessor, it has a dashboard with silver inserts, steering mounted audio controls and manually adjustable air conditioning, keeping the rest of the interior exactly same. Several comfort-enhancing entertainment features such as audio system with Aux-in, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, multiple storage compartments etc. are installed in the automobile.
The motor car is run with the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.0-litre diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre, 1199cc, 16V SMARTECH petrol engine gives a maximum power of 79.3bhp at 6200rpm with 108Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The diesel trims are propelled by a 1.0-litre, 936cc, 12V SMARTECH diesel engine, which is good for 57.6bhp and 150Nm. Both the engines are mated with 5-speed manual gearbox.
A fuel efficiency of 25.44 kmpl is given by the 936 cc diesel variant while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 18.6 kmpl, respectively.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
A bit of groggy performance is delivered by the small sized engines. Compact dimensions and short turning radius make it the most fun to drive urban car. Handling and drivability is good, plus it accelerates 0-100kmph in 15.5 seconds with a top speed of 145kmph.
Chevrolet’s Beat is the prime competitor of the Ford Figo as it has a well-equipped interior with economic and vivacious engines. Though both cars are modernist and sporty, the Ford Figo is more spacious and comfortable than its rival. Furthermore, it has a better drivability and handling than it rival.