Chevrolet Reveals U.S-Bound Spark Minicar

You thought the Chevrolet Sonic was small? Well, Chevy is about to get even smaller than that. The subcompact and minicar segment in the United States has seen an explosion of offerings and interest. The Spark minicar has been confirmed to come to the U.S for a while now, but just recently Chevy let loose details on WHEN it would be coming. Now, ahead of the Los Angeles International Auto Show, all the details have been announced.

The Spark destined for U.S and Canadian markets gets some styling tweaks versus international models. It includes revised headlights, a bigger grille and reworked fascia, along with Sonic-esque rear taillights. The Spark is aimed at young buyers and customers in urban areas. Funky? Oh yes, but Chevy thinks that is central to its appeal.

The Spark is powered by a 1.2-liter four-cylinder making 85 horsepower (or electric power, if you go for the Spark EV in 2013). Standard is a five-speed manual transmission, with an optional four-speed automatic. What color would you like? Salsa, Jalapeño, Denim, or more traditional colors like Grey Area, Black Granite, Silver Ice and Summit White?

Inside, the car has an interior with body-color elements to add an element of style. A Sonic-like instrument cluster with digital readout continues Chevy’s motorcycle-themed small car look. Maybe they did some studies saying customers like motorcycle elements? Anyhow, we think its cool. Standard features on the Sonic are pretty impressive; air conditioning, power windows and 10 airbags. Optional is Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which is available on 1LT and 2LT models and is operated through a seven-inch touchscreen. That is definitely something we’d want to spring for, if we ever found ourselves driving one of these (chances are slim to none). The Spark goes on sale in the U.S and Canada in mid-2012. Pricing information is forthcoming. You can check out a gallery of Chevy’s smallest offering below.

Tony Pimpo

Tony Pimpo

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.
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  • http://twitter.com/MatthewGhrist Matthew Ghrist

    This is good to hear that Chevy is getting into the all electric scene. I am just wondering if you know if the Chevy Spark or the Sonic will have an electric rack and Pinion?

  • http://www.studdedwintertires.ca Studded Winter Tires

    Nice to see someone being concerned about the consumption of fossil fuels in this world.  This could be the spark needed to start the industry into thinking that way.

  • Paul

    This car will be priced below the Chevy Sonic and is actually a bit smaller. They consider it in its own class. I think this will more than likely compete with the Smart car, iQ and other mini cars out there. I really love the looks of it for being a small car, gone are the days of ugly looking boxes and fender covers on these class of cars. If you want to learn more about the car http://www.sparkownersforum.com has a nice following and even has European members who already drive this car. The US is just slow to the race on the Spark :)