The newest sub-compact sedan from Chevrolet based on new generation Beat
Chevrolet quite honestly has not been able to do wonders in the Indian market recently although their stall at the 2016 Auto Expo attracted lots of attention because of some of their promising future product lineup. The two products which definitely attracted all the attention was the Beat Essentia which is actually the sub-compact sedan based on the new generation Beat hatchback and the other was the Beat Active concept which was a Crossover based on the new generation Beat hatchback.
Now although there is still some time for the launch of new generation Beat hatchback in India but according to the recent report Chevrolet is actually planning to introduce the Beat Essentia sub-compact sedan in the Indian market next year.
Beat Essentia will definitely help Chevrolet with some volumes because this car will compete in one of the most competitive and growing market segments of India. We already have some interesting cars in this segment from Maruti, Hyundai and Ford while Tata will too enter this segment soon with their new compact sedan.
GM will be building parts of the Essentia locally which will help them to keep the prices down. According to the reports GM will be sourcing atleast 80 percent of the parts which will be used to manufacture the car.
Click past jump to know some more essential details about the Chevrolet Beat Essentia sub-compact sedan
1> The car which was showcased at the 2016 Auto expo was actually a concept which looked almost production ready. There is no doubt in the fact that the new Beat Essentia will actually use the same platform as the new generation Beat.
2> As far as the styling is concerned just like every other sub-compact hatchback expect the Beat Essentia to also get the same styling inspiration from the new generation Beat hatchback. Towards the front the Beat Essentia gets identical headlamps but it gets a different appearing grille. There are even two fog lamps positioned towards the lower grille as well. Things changes a lot towards the rear of the compact sedan, believe it or not the overall proportion does not actually look disproportionate which is actually the best thing.
3> Just like the exterior the interior of the cabin too looks quite upmarket as well because of the duel tone color combination. The Beat Essentia concept came fitted with a touchscreen infotainment system which will most probably be carried over the production variant as well. Apart from that the other parts are carried over from the Beat hatchback.
4> Under the hood expect the Beat Essentia sedan to get the 1.2 Litre petrol motor and the 1.0 Litre, three cylinder diesel motor. As far as tyhe power output is concerned expect the petrol unit to produce about 77 Hp while the diesel unit is expected to produce about 56 Hp of peak power respectively. Expect both the engines to come paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
As already mentioned above the Beat Essentia will compete directly the Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Volkswagen Ameo and the soon to be Tata Kite 5 sedan.