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NY LIVE: 2016 Chevrolet Spark [Video]

by Ronan Glon

The next Spark rides on the same platform as the Opel Karl.

Chevrolet has introduced the 2016 Spark at the New York Motor Show.

The next Spark shares its platform and numerous components with the Europe-bound Opel Karl that debuted about a month ago at the Geneva Motor Show. Slightly lower than the current model, it stands out from its German sibling thanks to a Cruze-inspired front fascia with L-shaped headlights and a bold rendition of Chevrolet's two-part radiator grille. Overall, the next Spark wears a much softer design than the outgoing model.

The rear door handles are integrated into the C-pillars, a Chevrolet-specific design cue borrowed from the outgoing Spark. The rear end gets large vertical tail lamps and a small roof-mounted spoiler.

The Spark borrows its steering wheel and its dashboard from the Karl but it features a new instrument cluster and a different center console. Most trim levels come equipped with a seven-inch touch screen that runs Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, and navigation is available as an option on top-spec models.

Power for the Spark comes from an all-new 1.4-liter Ecotec engine that sends 98 horsepower to the front wheels. A five-speed manual gearbox comes standard, and a CVT is available at an extra cost. Chevy predicts that Spark buyers who go clutchless can achieve roughly 40 mpg on the highway.

On the safety front, the 2016 Spark is fitted with no less than ten airbags, a rollover sensing and protection system and a rear-view camera. A Forward Collision Alert System, a Lane Departure Warning System, a Side Blind Spot Alert system and rear parking sensors can be added at an extra cost.

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark will go on sale across the nation in the fourth quarter of the year.

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