Chevrolet has finally opened the floodgates and shared details on the 2013 Spark subcompact. Based on a Korean-market car that has been sold around the world for a few years, the Spark will finally reach North America next year as a 2013 model.
The tiny Spark measures just 144.7 inches long and 62.9 inches wide. Those dimensions put it in approximately the same territory as the Fiat 500. Like the 500, the Spark will seat just four people, but Chevrolet claims the four-door hatchback offers more passenger cargo space than competitors like the Fiat and the Scion iQ.
Motivation comes from a 1.2-liter inline-four engine producing 85 hp and 82 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with a four-speed automatic optional. Fuel economy estimates haven’t yet been released, but Chevrolet promises “competitive” numbers.
The Spark’s exterior has been slightly redesigned for the U.S. market, but it mostly looks like the car sold elsewhere in the world. Large headlights and a big Chevrolet grille dominate the nose, with a stylish roof spoiler, “hidden” rear door handles, and large circular taillights rounding out the rest of the design. The interior uses a motorcycle-style instrument cluster with an analog speedometer and digital tachometer. Colored insert trim can be specified to spruce up the cabin.
Pricing for the new car has yet to be released. It will arrive in dealerships by mid-2012.