Chevrolet wants to get your attention with its “13 in ’13″ slogan, which just means that it will release 13 new models in 2013, including pickup trucks, electric cars, and a new flagship model. According to The Detroit Free Press, GM will release either new or refreshed models next year. Some will be familiar while “a couple” will be total surprises.
What we know is that when it comes to trucks and utilities, Chevrolet would update its Silverado, Tahoe, and Suburban for 2013. To prepare making the new vehicles, the plants in Texas, Michigan, and Indiana that build the Silverado and full-size SUVs have either been retooled or are being retooled. So far, there’s the striking new Traverse (as well as the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave built on the same platform).
Then, there’s the Equinox (which is powered by the corporate 3.6-liter V-6 engine) and the updated Silverado HD. There will also be the 2014 Impala, which will usher in the drab rent-a-car-upgrade model into the present decade. The Pontiac G8 will make a comeback as the Chevrolet SS (a civilian version of the Chevrolet Caprice police car).
The Chevrolet Cruze will receive many upgrades, one of which is the option of a diesel engine to improve its class-leading fuel economy figures even more. Meanwhile, the Sonic will receive an RS trim level that plays up its sportiness. There will also be an EV version of the Spark minicar.
As an electric mini-car aimed to be driven in urban streets, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is one that is easy to own and at the same time fun to drive. Many of those who live in urban areas prefer to drive inside an all-electric vehicle and the Spark EV is able to make that happen. This model utilizes the brand’s very own and proven electric motor and combines it with the battery development programs that were used for the Volt.
It even uses the programs of Chevrolet's SUB hybrid and full-size trucks. Being all-electric, it does not use any gasoline. Don’t let that fool you though as the GM-built motor, along with the drive unit, is capable of delivering torque at 400 lb-ft. (542 Nm). Acceleration from standstill to 60 mph is made possible shorter than 8 seconds with maximum speed measured at 90 mph.
Energy that is obtained through charging or even regenerative braking is stored in the lithium-ion battery pack which can provide 21 kWh. Once fully charged, the battery allows the Spark EV to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy city/highway rating of 119 MPGe with a range of 82 miles. This makes this U.S. retail electric vehicle the most efficient compared to other models in the market. When it comes to recharging capability, Chevrolet revealed that it will have three recharging levels. One of this is the SAE combo charger which allows for faster DC charging and is the first of its kind in the industry.
Through this method, it makes it possible to charge around 80% of the battery in 20 minutes. Different enhancements have been made as well in order to extend the EV range. These include putting an active shutter system on the opening of the grille, one-of-a-kind wheels, and other aerodynamic improvements. Going inside, occupants will get to experience the Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment system which is equipped as standard. With a 7-inch color display having touch-screen capabilities, the system is able to put on display of the important functions of the vehicle.
The system also allows for smartphones to be connected to a number of apps like TuneIn global internet radio, Stitcher, and Pandora. It can even connect to BringGo full-function navigation, though this one may require an app purchase. Drivers and passengers who have compatible iPhones can use the same system to put Siri Personal Assistant inside the EV.