2016 Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept
The Chevy Beat initially debuted at the 2007 New York Auto Show along with the Chevy Trax and Chevy Groove concept. In a poll released by Chevy that year, the Beat was widely accepted, taking more than 50 percent of the votes between it and the other two concepts. With that kind of acceptance, Chevy moved the Beat into production. It is known as the Chevy Spark here in the U.S. and other markets, but still goes by the Beat nomenclature in the Indian Market.
With the Indian market loving small cars, Chevy decided to bring a new concept of the beat to the 2016 New Delhi Auto show, calling it the Beat Activ. The interesting thing about the Beat Activ Concept is that it is also showing off a lot of the same design cues of the third generation Spark that came with the 2015 model year here in the U.S. For some reason, the Beat in India still has all of the second generation styling that Chevy put to rest with the newest iteration of the Spark.
So, with that said, this concept not only showcases some interesting design ideas for future models, but also the design cues that will surely make it when the third-generation Beat debuts in India. That, at least in part, is what makes this concept that much more interesting. According to Chevy, the Beat Activ is a “fun and spirited concept” and a “soft-roader” that has been designed to stand out from the crowd. It is a youthful car that was designed as a response to India’s maturing market.
So, does the beat active really have “adventure at its core” and ensure the driver will be “comfortable and connected” as Chevy suggests? Well, let’s take a closer look and see for ourselves. Join me, as I take a look at the specifics of this new concept.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept.
What’s in a name? Probably not much for the picture above. Although the car in the picture wears the Daewoo badging and name, this may actually be the 2010 Chevrolet Beat. It would be no surprise that Daewoo would get a version of the little car considering it will be the ones that build the Beat.
The Beat was first unveiled as a concept in 2007 at the New York Auto Show. The production car is expected to be powered by a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine.
The real question that remains is will the beat be coming to the U.S.? Although the beat got the most attention from North America out of the Beat/Trax/Groove showdown, it is rumored that it will not arrive here because it does not meet U.S. safety standards.
With the gas prices lately SUVs and pick-ups are going down and mini car sales are going up. GM is considering a new Chevrolet mini car for the United States as it reworks its product lineup to cope with a dramatic shift from trucks to cars linked to high gas prices.
Chevrolet Beat will be about the size of a Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris mini car. "It is certainly one of the things that is being looked at from a portfolio perspective," GM spokesman Dee Allen said.
The Beat, to be built in South Korea, will be rolled out in other global markets faster than it would be in the U.S., Allen said. He did not know when the car might be sold elsewhere or in the U.S.
GM unveiled the Beat with two other ultra-small cars as concepts at auto shows last year, saying the trio was designed to attract young buyers in urban markets around the globe.