Forget what you think you know about the Chevrolet Spark, as the all-new 2016 model is a completely redesigned version of the car, with several upgrades. The safety, technology and efficiency features of the 2016 model are all worth noting.
The new Spark offers 16 percent more horsepower than the previous model. The engine features an aluminum cylinder block and head, which helps to reduce the mass of the vehicle, and in turn, enhances its performance and efficiency.
The Spark comes with a standard 5-speed manual transmission, but potential car buyers can opt for the available Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). The CVT flawlessly adjusts to driver throttle input and speed, which makes for a comfortable ride. In addition to more horsepower, the new 1.4 liter dual overhead cam 1-4 ECOTEC engine provides an estimated 40 miles per gallon on the highway!
Next, let’s discuss safety. The vehicle contains 10 standard air bags, 4-wheel antilock brakes and a high-strength steel safety cage. It also possesses safety technologies designed with your best interests in mind. The Spark is equipped with a rearview camera, but also has a Rear Park Assist option available. Rear Park Assist provides full audible alerts for things you may not be able to see behind you.
The technology and connectivity factors are also impressive. The car comes with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi that allows you to connect your smart devices with the vehicle, and it can connect up to seven devices! An enhanced version of Chevy MyLink gives you control, as you use standard voice pass-through commands to connect to your smartphone, access your music and more. The phone integration technology also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities.
The new and redesigned Spark is better than ever. With its safety technologies, connectivity prowess and more powerful – yet more efficient – engine, it certainly will be worth considering. If you are in the market for a small car, ponder this impressive, yet extremely affordable (starting at $13,485), machine. The all-new 2016 Spark will be available in January of 2016.