2015 New York International Auto Show: 2016 Chevrolet Spark

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The Chevrolet Spark has been a surprisingly competitive global hatchback in the US market. Now here comes the next generation that hopes to woo even more entry-level buyers.

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What Is It?

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a minicar that is primed for growth beyond the previous generation, which in our experience was met with a reaction of – well, it’s usable, but it’s also a little cheap.

This new generation aims to fix that.

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What Chevrolet Is Saying

“In short, the Spark has grown up,” said Michael Simcoe, GM International vice president of Design. “It retains a youthful flair, but reflects the maturation of the global minicar market and customers’ desires for richly styled and highly contented choices.”

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“The new Spark’s design has evolved and grown up with the segment,” said Michael Simcoe, GM International vice president of Design. “The youthful whimsy of the original Spark is still in its genes, but it is conveyed in more traditional proportions that reinforce the customer’s refined expectations.”

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What’s New for 2016?

  • Redesigned, more refined global minicar offers greater efficiency, safety and connectivity
  • New 1.4L engine offers 16 percent more horsepower than current model
  • New available active safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Spot Alert

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When Does It Go On Sale?

Fourth quarter 2015.

Specs and more particulars are forthcoming. For now, we see that Chevy is draping this new Spark in green. In the US, typically little hatchbacks means economy, which means “green.” Probably a good choice on Chevy’s part.

Beyond that, this silhouette shot of the Spark shows its side contours to best effect.

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Chunky contours? Check.

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Also the Spark still has its trademark greenhouse door pulls, and the door and fender character line is quite pronounced.

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Tell us in the comments – what do YOU think of the new Spark?

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