As Chevrolet continues testing the next-generation Beat hatchback in India, the test mule has been spied once again, adding to the list of the spy shots of the model that have been taken before its launch.
Caught on camera by MotorVikatan, the next-generation Beat test mule was seen with black camouflage, thus not revealing anything new. However, the repeated sightings of the model tell us that work on the new Beat is progressing rapidly. The new Beat is expected to enter the Indian market in 2017.
From a visual point of view, the new Beat will be based on the current Beat's M300 platform. It will be a heavily tweaked version of the current model. The hatchback will get a 1-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, which is the downsized version of the 1.4 Ecotec motor and a 1.0L TCDi diesel engine.
Currently, the Beat petrol is powered by a 1199cc four-cylinder unit that develops 77bhp at 6200rpm and 106.5Nm of torque, while the diesel model is 936cc three-cylinder engine that develops 56bhp at 4000rpm and 124.5Nm of torque at 1750rpm. Both the engines are mated to 5-speed manual transmission.
The new gen Beat is expected to get newly styled front and rear bumpers. Inside the cabin, the Beat is expected to get new 7-inch MyLink infotainment system and an updated instrument cluster.
Chevrolet is also expected to bring the Essentia compact sedan and the Beat Activ soft-roader, which are based on the new Beat hatchback, in India next year.