Chevrolet Beat is one of the most admired cars from the reputed stables of Chevrolet India. This hatchback was launched in the Indian car market in year 2010. The company is selling this hatchback with petrol, diesel and LPG engine variants. The entry level trim is named as Chevrolet Beat PS, the mid level trim LS and the top end as LT. While the LPG version of this hatchback has only a two trims that are named as the Chevrolet Beat LS LPG, which is originally the mid level variant and the top end Chevrolet Beat LT LPG trim. This LS variant has a balanced mix of comfort and safety features integrated in it. This hatchback is fitted with the advanced SMARTECH II petrol/LPG combination engine, which has some advanced features as well. The engine is a 1.2-litre, in-line, S-Tec II engine with 4 cylinders and is skillfully mated with a smooth five speed manual transmission gear box. The company has integrated this mid level hatchback with many comfort and utility features along with some very crucial safety features as well.
The designers of the company have done a brilliant job on the exteriors of this hatchback. The front fascia has a large radiator grille that is flanked by a radiant head light cluster. The head lamp cluster has been equipped with twin barrel shaped design with polycarbonate outer lenses, which enhance the visibility of the driver and gives the hatchback, a refined look. The side profile has a smooth and flowing stance with black colored outside rear view mirrors on both the sides. The trimly carved out wheel arches have been fitted sturdy steel wheels of size 14 x 4.5 J, which have been further equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/70 R14 that gives it a superior road grip on any terrain. The sleek recessed rear door handles are black in color and they give a unique and inventive look to this Chevrolet Beat LS LPG hatchback. The rear end has a body colored tail gate handle, while all the window glasses are equipped with tinted glass. The rear end is also fitted with a black colored spoiler that makes this small hatchback look energetic and lively. The tail lamp cluster is bright and is visible from quite a distance and the rear body colored bumper adds to the stylishness of this hatchback.
The dimensions of this hatchback are quite moderate and can easily accommodate five passengers in it. The overall length of this hatchback is 3640mm along with a total width of 1595mm. The total height is of this hatchback is 1520mm and it has a roomy wheelbase of 2375mm and a ground clearance of 165mm.. The approximate kerb weight of this compact hatchback is 965 kgs, while it has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can store about 35 litres of petrol in it. On the other hand, the LPG cylinder can store close to 26 kgs of fuel in it, which is quite impressive. The total boot space of this Chevrolet Beat LS hatchback is about 170 litres, which can be further increased by folding the rear seat to accommodate more luggage and other things.
The interiors of this hatchback are done up lavishly with well cushioned and comfortable seats that are covered with premium fabric upholstery with design inserts, an internal courtesy lamp for added benefit for the passengers, a 60:40 split folding rear seat and cushion folding for bringing in extra luggage as well. Apart from all these, this Chevrolet Beat LS LPG hatchback also has quite a few utility based storage spaces such as cup holders in the central console, coat and shopping hooks for convenience of the occupants, front door map pockets and also passenger seat back pockets to keep smaller things at hand. The instrument cluster also has several notification lamps such as a door open warning, low fuel notification lamp, a digital clock as well. This Chevrolet Beat LS LPG hatchback also has a day and night internal rear view mirror, a driver and front co-passenger sun visor with the co-passenger’s side being fitted with a vanity mirror, a rear parcel shelf to keep quite a few important things handy. The interior illumination is in blue color, which makes the interiors look classy.
Engine and Performance:
This company has equipped this Chevrolet Bear LS LPG hatchback with a 1.2-litre, S-TECH II petrol/LPG engine, which has four cylinders. These cylinders are further fitted with 16-valves and some of the most highly advanced technologies that make this car one of the best in its segment. This engine can displace 1199cc, which is quite good for the Indian road conditions. This power packed engine has the ability to generate 79.30bhp at 6400rpm in combination with a torque yield of 104Nm at 4400rpm, which is rather good. This petrol/LPG engine has been cleverly coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This hatchback has been fitted with an innovative light weight aluminum alloy cylinder head for enhanced performance. This smart hatchback has the ability to attain a top speed in the range of 145 – 150 kmph. While, this 1199cc based peppy enigne can propel this hatchback from 0 – 100kmph in a matter of 15.7 seconds, which is quite good. Chevrolet India claims that this impressive small hatchback has the ability to produce a mileage of 18.6 kmpl, when driven on petrol. While on the LPG mode this engine has the ability to generate a healthy mileage in the range of 10.1 to 13.3 kmpl, which is rather good.
Braking and Handling:
The company has equipped this hatchback with a powerful suspension system with the front axle being fitted with a McPherson Strut type suspension mechanism, which also has an anti-roll bar for added stability and comfort. Whereas the rear axle gets a compound crank type suspension mechanism with gas filled shock absorbers for both front and rear axles. Apart from the well balanced suspension system, the company has fitted this Chevrolet Beat LS LPG hatchback with an efficient braking system as well. The front tyres have been fitted with disc brakes and the rear tyres have been given solid drum brakes, which work competently with each other simultaneously.
The company has fitted this Chevrolet Beat LS LPG hatchback with some of the most fundamental and crucial safety aspects. The list includes height adjustable front and rear seat head rests, central locking, a high mounted stop lamp and also a driver seat belt reminder notification lamp along with a few more such functions also help in keeping this vehicle under the control of the driver.
The list of comfort features comprises of a powerful air conditioner with heater and ventilation, a power outlet, a remote boot lid, front power windows and fuel tank lid release buttons, a hydraulic power assisted steering wheel with a silver finish, a battery saver and a dual horn as well. Then there are external rear view mirrors, which can be internally adjusted, a digital tachometer, odometer along with a trip meter as well.
Pros: Affordable price, stylsih interiors and exteriors.
Cons: Interior space lesser, few more features can be added.