At the 2008 Detroit auto show, GM teased a front three-quarters shot of the production Spark, but merely rolled out the concept Beat, saying the production car would look quite similar. Although it’s sprouted an extra pair of doors, turning the production micro car into a four-door hatchback, it’s safe to say that’s quite true.
From the rear, the Beat’s design language carries through to the Spark with virtually no change. In fact, the only difference we can spot lies with the rear bumper, where there are now two red reflectors for lighting regulations, and a chromed exhaust tip.
We’re not seeing much variance inside the Spark, either. GM’s released a single rendering of the production interior, but we’re seeing many features – color highlights, split HVAC/ audio controls, customizable LCD instrument panel display – that aren’t typically found in cars of this size.
In conversations with sources close to the Spark project, we’ve been told GM aims to raise the bar on interior design and material feel. Certainly, they seem to have done the former, but we’ll see how it all comes together when the Spark is unveiled at the 2009 Geneva motor show in March.