Chevrolet Spark: New for 2014
- Exterior color : Electric Blue, Grape Ice, Salsa and Lime
2014 Chevrolet Spark Mini Car is the Key to the City
Fuel-efficient and affordable for young city dwellers
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark mini car is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch, designed to excite first-time buyers and city dwellers with its bold styling and colors, affordability, fuel efficiency and maneuverability.
Though compact, the Spark offers more passenger and cargo room than other mini competitors. Powered by a 1.0L four-cylinder engine the Spark consumes only 5.1 L/100km.
The 2014 Spark is offered in Base and LS. Four new colors are added for 2014: Electric Blue, Grape Ice, Salsa and Lime.
Designed for those who live out loud
The Spark is designed to challenge preconceived notions of how an affordable mini car can look, feel and drive.
While the Spark looks like a three-door hatch, designers cleverly disguised the rear doors by integrating the handles into the C-pillar area. The technique gives Spark its sporty appearance without sacrificing five-door comfort and utility. Featuring a 'wheels-out, body-in' stance, the appearance of Spark is sleek; bold; and unmistakably more up-market than some of its mini car rivals. This precision and attention to details is not reserved for the car's exterior.
While maintaining exemplary levels of craftsmanship, the Spark's cabin is an iconic piece of design in itself. Chevrolet customers will enjoy the comfort, spaciousness and easy-to-use controls - delivered in a style that is unique to the sector.
The focal point of the cabin is the motorcycle-style instrument 'pod', which sits on top of the steering column and delivers all of the essential information in a compact yet easy-to-read manner. The analog speedometer is backed up by a digital tachometer, just like on a motor bike. All the controls are backlit by ice-blue lighting when the headlights are turned on, further proof of Spark's ability to put the fun back into function. In-car entertainment is a matter of choice and Spark customers can enjoy their favorites on radio, CD, MP3 or by plugging in their portable systems via USB or AUX-in sockets. In true Chevrolet style, the concave sweep of the cockpit is mirrored on the passenger side of the car.
However, it is not just its edgy styling that makes the Spark at home in the city. Spark’s size, handling and maneuverability are perfectly in tune with urban life. Chevrolet’s new mini comes in a compact package: at only 3640 mm long and 1597 mm wide, it will easily squeeze into tight city spaces. It has advanced dynamics and taut, responsive handling characteristics, at the heart of which is a very stiff integral body frame structure, designed to aid the car's dynamic performance and provide the driver with a heightened sense of stability, solidity and confident road command.
Practicality is a big plus, too. It may not be very big on the outside, but the Chevrolet Spark's clever design means it is able to make the most out of its available space.
Front seat passengers enjoy up to 1067 mm of available legroom (893 mm in the rear), while shoulder space of 1288 mm (1263 mm rear) and headroom of 1009 mm (952 mm rear) are also rated among the very best in the segment, proving that even when a car is small, it doesn't need to be cramped. With five doors and five available seats, the Spark is one of the most space-efficient cars in the mini segment.
Much of the interior space is down to the car's clever packaging. The cabin was designed to accommodate as much supplementary storage space as possible. The center console, for example, incorporates a bin for carrying smaller items such as a mobile phone, MP3 player while there's also a double cup holder next to the gear shifter.
Efficient powertrain saves fuel, money
In the Middle East, the Spark is powered by a 1.0L four-cylinder engine mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The engine uses a cast-iron block and alloy head, with a double overhead camshaft and four valves per cylinder.
The engine employs advanced features such as port deactivation technology to improve exhaust gas recirculation, leading to optimal fuel efficiency and idle stability, along with a timing chain to ensure a lifetime of low maintenance and running costs. The Spark consumes only 5.1 L/100 km.
Ride and handling
Spark’s body-frame integral structure is tight and stiff for improved driving dynamics. The electronic power steering, MacPherson strut-type front suspension and anti-lock braking systems are designed to deliver taut, tight handling characteristics that better connect the driver with the road and provide outstanding overall stability.
Spark is equipped with vented front disc and rear drum brakes with low-compressibility brake pads for optimal stopping performance and good pedal feel. Low-rolling resistance tires use a silica compound and revised tread design for a solid road feel and improved fuel efficiency.
Spark was designed with occupant safety in mind, and has won top grade of Korea NCAP and 4 stars in Euro NCAP.
Its safe design begins with a structure composed of 60 percent high-strength steel, with varying levels of stiffness and built-in crush zones to absorb crash impacts. The front engine bay rails and subframe are designed to absorb energy while maintaining the highest loads possible as they collapse, while a transition zone around the base of the A-pillars and front bulkhead effectively distributes crash energy around rather than into the passenger compartment.
A similar crush zone exists at the rear, with the fuel tank and its connections designed in a way to minimize the chance of ruptures. Additional rear impact loads are absorbed by a strong rear cross member.
High levels of occupant protection are further enhanced by the availability of front airbags (driver and right front passenger) and seatbelt pretensioners in the front driver and passenger seats.