BARELY 20 months since its launch, Chevrolet has released a facelited version of its Spark, as well as the addition of two new models.
Not that it needed to do it so soon, but if you can attempt to stay ahead of the pack as quickly as possible, why not?
The already eye-catching exterior didn't receive too drastic changes, with slight revisions to the front and back headlights. The front grille has also been redesigned, with the company's bow-tie badge still sitting prominently.
Inside, the Spark features new fabric materials and designs, as well as new trim options. Spec for spec, Chevrolet has gone to great lengths to keep the Spark ahead of the game, especially in terms of safety.
The Campus continues as the entry-level in the now-five-model range. Features include driver- and passenger airbags, ABS and EBD, key activated central locking, power steering, air conditioning and height-adjustable driver's seat. It is also radio ready, with wiring, two speakers and aerial provided.
Next up is the Spark (previously Spark L), which adds roof rails, rear-windscreen wiper, RDS radio with CD player and MP3/Aux/USB, vehicle immobiliser and alarm system.
The Spark LS steps up with a chrome grille surround, colour-coded rear roof spoiler, 14” alloys, height-adjustable steering column, heated power side mirrors, electric front windows, satellite audio steering-wheel controls and auto-locking doors.
Slotting in above the LS as the new range topper is the LT. For extra fun, it can be specced with the Sports Style Decal kit (at R3 021), which includes components for the hood, roof panel, lift gate and rear roof spoiler. Standard kit include seat side airbags, power windows front and rear, six-speaker sound system and rear park assist.
In an ingenious move, Chevrolet has added a (locally developed) panel van, called the Spark Pronto, to the range. Perfect for businesses that want to lug around its goods in a funky van, the Pronto’s back seats have been done away with to create a cavernous (for its class) luggage capacity of 876 litres. Payload is 276kg and the roof rails can also carry goods of up to 50kg.
The Pronto retails for R101 500 - or R89 000 excluding VAT, a big perk for business owners – but don't think Chevrolet has done away with the niceties, with power steering, air conditioning and a height-adjustable driver's seat as standard.
Once again focusing on safety, Chevrolet has stacked the Pronto with ABS and EBD, front airbags, collapsible steering column, side-impact protection bars, high-level brake light and height-adjustable three-point seatbelts and pre-tensioners.
The drivetrain and its outputs for the range have been left unchanged, with the 1.2-litre motor producing 60kW at 6 400rpm and 108Nm at 4 800rpm.
If you also have a Proudly South African bent, it's nice to know that the entire Spark range is manufactured at General Motors' plant in Port Elizabeth.
A 5-year/120 000km with roadside assistance for the duration of the warranty are included in all prices, as well as VAT and Co2 tax.