What Is It?
2016 Chevrolet Spark
What's New About This Model?
The all-new Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchback has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, taking on what GM says are "more traditional proportions" and losing some of the cartoonish look of the previous model. Although it will still appeal to younger buyers, GM calls it a "more sophisticated execution." Details include a more conventional roof line and revised rear end.
The Chevrolet Spark EV (electric vehicle) is not included in the redesign. It is not clear yet if the production version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV will serve as the replacement for the Spark EV or if the Spark EV will continue in the Chevrolet lineup.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Spark will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing has not been announced. We expect the 2016 Spark to be priced similar to the current model. The 2015 Chevrolet Spark starts at $13,095, including a destination fee of $825.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a four-door hatchback only. It's available in LS and LT trim levels.
What Are the Biggest Changes?
The sleeker exterior of the redesigned Spark features a longer wheelbase, lower roof line, wheels pushed to the edges of the fenders and elliptical headlights that sweep back into the front fenders. Chevrolet calls it a more "grown-up" look.
Despite the lower roof, ample headroom has been maintained by adjusting the seating position for a "more sophisticated driving experience." Materials have been upgraded, and the instrument panel features an advanced LCD display and a new shape. Chevrolet's latest MyLink system includes a color touchscreen with an icon-based interface. Connectivity is through OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in WiFi hotspot.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The 2016 Spark is powered by an all-new 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 98 horsepower, a 16 percent increase over the previous model. Transmissions include a standard five-speed manual and an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The EPA has not rated the 2016 Spark for fuel efficiency.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Standard safety equipment includes 10 airbags, a rear-vision camera and rear park assist. Optional safety features include a side blind spot alert, lane departure warning and forward collision alert.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Fiesta: With its long list of available features and several levels of trim, the Fiesta offers a little bit of everything for buyers shopping in this category.
Honda Fit: If you need maximum space inside, this is the hatchback to consider. It also handles well and gets great mileage.
Mazda 2: A sharp-handling hatchback, the Mazda 2 lacks some of the cabin sophistication of its competitors. An upcoming redesign should cure some of its shortcomings.
Should You Wait for It?
The more sophisticated design, updated interior and increased power from the new engine should make the 2016 Chevrolet Spark worth waiting for, but there are plenty of good choices out there if you're in the market now.