If you are looking for an affordable but well equipped and
frugal subcompact car, look no further than the new 2017
Chevrolet Spark. The Spark looks more enticing than ever
courtesy of a host of upgrades which includes a more stylish
exterior look, a revised cabin and an upgraded drive-train. The
model also features a new architecture. With the upgrades,
Chevrolet has taken the battle straight to the doorstep of its
rivals. Read along to find out more:
2017 Chevrolet Spark Exterior
The outgoing Spark was not as impressive as I had expected of
Chevrolet. However, I gave the automaker the benefit of doubt
since the outgoing model was the subcompact car’s first
generation. I was not thus much surprised when I saw the new
Spark looking all stylish and mature.
However, the automaker caught me off guard with the reduced
dimensions of the new Spark. For compact cars, you only expect
the size to be expanded but Chevrolet did quite the opposite.
The new model is shorter than the outgoing Spark. The Spark ‘s
length has reduced by 1.6 inches, width by 0.1 inches and its
height has reduced by 0.4 inches but its wheelbase has
increased by 0.4 inches.
The model also features a longer wheelbase and a lower roofline
which makes it appear more stable and proportional. Other
exterior features include a larger grille flanked by stylish
headlight housings. The rear door handles are now placed higher
on the doors making the rear profile coupe-like.
Due to the reduced exterior dimensions, the second row space
has reduced by 3 cubic feet to 35 cubic feet. Cargo space with
the seats folded has reduced by 4 cubic feet to 27 cubic feet
but remains unchanged when the seats are up. Although the
height was reduced, the automaker accordingly reduced the H
point on the seats to preserve the model’s headroom.
The new Spark will feature three new exterior colors which are
the Splash, Toasted Marshmallow and Kalamata.
2017 Chevrolet Spark Interior
The interior has been upgraded making the Spark to look better
than ever. The dashboard looks more stylish while the seats are
wrapped in a more quality cloth. The instrument cluster
features a new capacitive touch-screen while the center stack
looks more upscale.
Technologies have also been revamped and the model will feature
an upgraded infotainment system, up-to-date connectivity
features like the GM sourced 4GLTE Wi-Fi connectivity, Android
Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Other features include
steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a sunroof. I think
the Spark is the most equipped subcompact car in the market
today. It can rival many cars with a higher price tag.
Safety is also well taken care of. The Spark features anti-lock
brakes, traction control, an upgraded package of airbags
including side-curtain airbags, traction control and a host of
driving aids. The new driving aids include parking sensors,
forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning among
others. Most of these technologies are not common in most
Engine specs and performance
Under the hood, the Spark is offered in a choice of two
drive-trains i.e. a conventional and an electric engine. The
conventional engine is a 1.4 L, 4-cylinder mill which is rated
at 98 hp at 6200 rpm and 94 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. The
engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard but one
can opt for a CVT system.
This engine is pretty frugal as it returns 29 mpg in city and
38 mpg on highway for models with a manual gearbox and 30 mpg
city and 38 mpg on highway drives for models paired with an
Moving over to the Spark EV electric vehicle, you will find a
19 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is capable of producing
140 horses and 327 lb-ft of torque. The battery pack provides a
range of 82 miles. Once depleted, the battery can be
replenished in 20 hours using a standard, 120-volt line and
within 7 hours with a 240-volt line. A SAE Combo DC Fast
Charger can “juice” the battery from 0%-80% in only 20 minutes.
Price and release date
The 2017 Chevrolet Spark has an MSRP of $13,875 (LS trim manual
transmission). However, if you want extras you will have to
spend more. The Spark 1LT has a starting price of $15,700 while
the 2LT fetches $17,200, for models with automatic transmission
should add $ 1.100 more at this prices.
If you want the Spark EV, you will have to spend $26,000 which
is much less than the outgoing model. Factoring in incentives
takes the price to less than $20,000 meaning it is more
affordable than the Smart ForTwo Microcar and Fiat 500.