Power comes from a 1.4-liter four-cylinder that’s part of GM’s new small-displacement Ecotec engine family. Its 98 hp is a fairly significant upgrade from the previous Spark’s 1.2-liter, 84-hp four-cylinder. It’s expected to provide improved fuel economy than the current car’s 34 mpg, and will pair with a five-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark’s interior features an overhauled dashboard layout with improved materials and a new LCD instrument cluster. Chevrolet added back in a few buttons and knobs for the optional MyLink touchscreen infotainment system, and the Spark will offer 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot capability like so many recent GM vehicles. The old Spark did not even offer a backup camera as an option, but the new car has it as standard, and will also offer a suite of active safety features—forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot warning—that are unusual for a car in this price range.
Speaking of price, we would expect a slight uptick from the outgoing Spark’s low, $13,095 starting cost when the 2016 Chevrolet Spark goes on sale in late 2015. In the meantime, check out photos of the 2016 Chevrolet Spark as it makes its official debut in New York.