Chevrolet Spark will receive a facelift before it arrives in North America

Article by Christian A., on September 19, 2011

Spy shots have revealed that the Chevrolet Spark mini-car will get a mild update before it arrives in North America. General Motors confirmed in January 2009 that the Spark will soon be offered in the region. In early 2011, GMI said that the Spark will arrive in 2012 with a 2013 model year badge. Sources from inside GMI’s product development division say that the schedule for the Spark hasn’t changed.

When it arrives in the middle of 2012, it will have a new front fascia and other minimal design modifications. Spy shots came out last month, confirming the new appearance, which is the basis of GMI’s rendering. Sources revealed that the design revisions aren’t just for aesthetics.

The existing Spark that’s currently available in worldwide markets fails to meet U.S. safety standards, says GMInsideNews. This is why the Spark has been given a new front end. From the top view, we see that this car has a bigger grille and its lower air intake has been revised. The large shield shaped grille is a characteristic shared with the newly launched Chevrolet Sonic. The North American Spark won’t be getting the side repeater lamps. The Spark is available with a 1.0-liter and optional 1.2-liter four-cylinder engines in the global markets.

The Spark will mark the arrival of these engines in North America. GMI sources said that the North American Spark will be offered with the 1.2-liter four-cylinder, coupled to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. In global markets, the 1.2-liter engine has an output of about 80hp and 80 foot-pounds of torque.

In mixed driving, the Spark 1.2-liter achieves about 46 miles per-gallon when converted to the European fuel economy. It is not yet known if there will be modifications made to the 1.2-liter before the North American launch. In all of the markets, the Spark is based on a smaller variant of GM’s global Gamma architecture. It’s likely that the North American Spark would be imported from GM Korea’s assembly plant located in Changwon, South Korea.

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