Chevrolet took the wraps off a larger, more powerful 2016 Spark at the New York International Auto Show.
The 2016 Spark rides on a longer wheelbase than the current model, but it’s 1.6 inches shorter for improved aerodynamics. The Spark’s chassis is all-new and has a more robust architecture to allow for better ride and handling.
At the heart of the 2016 Spark is a new 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 98 horsepower, a 16 percent increase over the current model. It can be paired with either a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. With the CVT, Chevrolet projects 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
The car’s exterior styling has been updated with a more traditional look, with a smaller front grille and headlights and a smoother appearance all around. Chevrolet is adding three new colors to the Spark’s palette, including Toasted Marshmallow, Kalamata and Splash.
Inside, the interior has been redesigned with an all-new instrument cluster and an updated version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. The seats have been redesigned as well to allow for the same amount of headroom despite a lower roofline. Materials have been updated, including higher quality fabrics and higher density foam for the seats.
The 2016 Spark will go on sale in the fourth quarter. Pricing has not been announced.
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Check out this fun TFLcar video review of the 2014 Chevy Spark.