July 25, 2011
GM India Launched Chevrolet Beat Diesel
Sports 1.0 XSDE SMARTECH engine developed specifically for India
General Motors India launched the much-awaited diesel version of its dynamic and elegant Chevrolet Beat today at a ceremony presided over by GM India President and Managing Director Karl Slym. The all-new Beat Diesel sports the 1.0 XSDE SMARTECH engine developed specifically for India by the GM Technical Centre in Bangalore in collaboration with GM Power-train Europe.
“Offering a diesel engine developed for Indian consumers in our most popular model is a momentous achievement for GM India,” said Mr. Slym during today’s launch. “We are confident that with its best-in-segment design, performance and safety, the Beat Diesel will set a new industry benchmark and be a winner with local car buyers.”
The Beat Diesel’s three-cylinder DOHC engine features state-of-the-art Common Rail Fuel Injection technology for outstanding emission performance and fuel economy. Its electrically controlled throttle body further reduces carbon emissions.
The engine’s Fixed Geometry Turbocharger with vacuum operated wastegate ensures efficient operation. Combined with Advanced Insta-Torque Boost (AIB), it provides added torque when overtaking. Despite its high efficiency, the engine’s power per litre (62.5 PS/L) and torque per litre (160.3 Nm/L) are best in class in India’s diesel mini-hatchback market.
As an added benefit, the engine is the quietest powerplant in its segment and provides outstanding performance in stop-and-go traffic conditions. It also incorporates an advanced technology maintenance free timing chain drive system and added anti-corrosion protection. The engine oil only needs to be changed every 15,000 km or 1.5 years, for lower maintenance costs.
The Beat Diesel’s SMARTECH engine is complemented by a High Torque Transmission that offers smooth, effortless gear changes. Its hydraulic clutch requires extremely low pedal effort. The Smart Engine and Clutch Protection Mode minimises clutch wear while further improving fuel efficiency.
Pro-Vario Assist Featherlite Electronic Power Steering (EPS) with human comfort technology provides power steering assistance while parking and driving at low speeds. The Beat Diesel’s Gas Charged Rebound Tuned Suspension is calibrated for comfort without compromising handling. The Intelligent Launch Support System (ILSS) provides effortless launch on gradients. Enhanced low-rolling resistance silica tyres improve fuel efficiency without compromising road grip and high-speed cornering than ordinary tires.
Like the Beat with a standard petrol engine, the Beat Diesel has a comfortable, stylish interior. Its advanced in-dash integrated ice-blue lit music system with full-size USB allows audio streaming and has several enhanced sound quality setting options.
The Beat Diesel’s 65 per cent high-strength steel body cage ensures a high level of occupant safety. Sixty per cent of the body is made of galvanised steel for extra corrosion protection. Aimed at meeting the highest quality and performance standards, the diesel version of the Beat has been extensively tested at proving grounds with harsh terrains and climatic conditions for intensive durability, quality and performance. The three-year / 100,000-km engine and vehicle warranty offered with the Beat Diesel is the most comprehensive in the mini-diesel segment.
“India is a key market for General Motors and our Chevrolet brand. We are focused on leveraging our unmatched resources to create value for our local customers in all areas, including price, fuel efficiency, performance, safety, styling and reliability. We are confident that the all-new Beat Diesel will prove to be a game changer for its segment,” Mr. Slym added.
About General Motors India:
General Motors India has completed 16 years of operation in India. It started its journey in 1996 and now offers products under the Chevrolet brand, which was introduced in India in 2003. Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet is celebrating its centennial as a global automotive brand. Last year, about 4.25 million Chevrolets were sold in more than 120 countries, or one every 7.4 seconds. Chevrolet, one of the fastest growing automotive nameplates in India, provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. With a wide range of product portfolio including Chevrolet Captiva, Chevrolet Optra, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Beat and Chevrolet Tavera for sale in India, GM India operates state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Halol, Gujarat and in Talegaon, Maharashtra. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.co.in.