An all-new A-segment hatchback has officially made its presence felt at the 2017 Manila International Show (MIAS). The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI), the official distributor of Chevrolet cars in the country, has just launched the 2017 Spark. Looking more aggressive than before, the next-gen hatchback also gets an array of new in-car tech, as well as a new 1.4-liter Ecotec inline-four.
Compared to the previous generation, the 2017 Spark gets a more aggressive design. Up front, the all-new Spark gets sleeker headlights along with a revised dual-port grill. The top-spec LTZ model will come with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), projector halogens as well as heated & power folding side mirrors. Foglights, on the other hand, are available across the range.
The entry-level LT version comes standard with 14-inch alloy wheels while the bigger 15-inch set is only available for the LTZ. Also worth noting on the 2017 Spark are the window-mounted rear door handles which have been carried-over from the previous generation. Topping it all off are the new quarter-flanking taillights and new integral tailgate spoiler.
In terms of size, the 2017 Spark measures 3,635mm long, 1,595mm wide and 1,483mm tall. Wheelbase, on the other hand is at 2,385mm.
The interior gets an all-new design which follows with the bow-tie brand's design philosophy. Standard in all variants of the 2017 Spark is a new 7-inch MyLink infotainment system. Available features include Aux, USB, Bluetooth and the like. As for other in-car equipment, the Spark is fitted with a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, multi-info display, manual airconditioning, 12V power socket and 60:40 split rear seats.
Powering the 2017 Spark is a new 1.4-liter Ecotec inline-four that benefits from DOHC and dual variable valve timing (DVVT). The engine produces 99 PS at 6200 rpm along with 128 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. Available transmissions include a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a 5-speed manual gearbox. Apart from that, the new Spark is also fitted with a new electronic power steering system which is standard equipment in all models.
Safety features present in the 2017 Spark are: ISOFIX child seat anchors in the rear seats, window rear defogger, central locking, engine immobilizer, anti theft alarm, front and passenger side airbags, and traction control (LTZ only).
Pricing is as follows:
Spark LT 5-speed M/T – PhP 648,888
Spark LT CVT – PhP 682,888
Spark LTZ CVT – PhP 763,888