Chevrolet India is a fully owned ancillary of the multinational automobile giant General Motor Corporation, which is located in the United States of America. They have quite a number of cars in their formidable stable, which also includes a charming hatchback called as Chevrolet Beat. This compact hatch is one of the best in class vehicles in its segment and has been doing incredible sales for its company, since the time it was launched in year, 2010. This five seater small hatch is very efficient and performance packed, which makes it very apt for the Indian road and traffic conditions. This hatchback is being sold with petrol, diesel and also with LPG engine variants. The top end trim in this petrol model lineup is called as the Chevrolet Beat LT. The company has gifted this small hatchback with a lot of comfort and convenience features along with some very impressive and remarkable safety features as well, which will definitely make an impact on the buyers.
The company have done up the exteriors of this hatchback with flamboyance and have given quite a few striking features to it as well. The frontage has a large front radiator grille with some chrome treatment, which is surrounded by a beaming head light cluster. The head lamp cluster has been equipped with twin barrel shaped design with polycarbonate outer lenses. The front body colored bumper has a pair of fog lamps. The front wind shield is made of toughened glass and has a pair of intermittent wipers. The side profile has body colored outside rear view mirrors along with the door handles as well. The neatly carved out wheel arches have been fitted with a robust set of sturdy steel wheels of size 14 x 4.5 J, which have been further equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/70 R14. The rear end is fitted with a spoiler that makes this small hatchback look energetic and lively, while the tail lamp cluster is bright and is visible from quite a distance. This Chevrolet Beat LT exterior paint options include a flamboyant Super Red metallic finish, a magnificent looking Caviar Black glossy finish, an innovative Cocktail Green metallic finish, a spectacular and brilliant Summit White finish, a graceful Switch Blade Silver metallic finish, a subtle and elegant Sandrift Grey finish, a lively and pulsating Misty Lake metallic finish and also a dapper looking Linen Beige finish as well.
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. Whereas the total height is of this compact hatchback is 1520mm along with a roomy wheelbase of 2375mm and a ground clearance of 165mm. It also has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can store about 35 litres of petrol in it. The total boot space of this Chevrolet Beat LT hatchback is about 170 litres, which can be further increased by folding the rear seat to accommodate more luggage and other things.
The Chevrolet Beat LT is the top end trim in the petrol engine lineup and the company has given it some best in class interior features. The seating arrangement is done up well with aptly cushioned and comfortable seats that are covered with premium fabric upholstery with design inserts. Then this variant also has an internal courtesy lamp for added benefit for the passengers, a 60:40 split folding rear seat for and cushion folding for bringing in extra luggage. Apart from all these, this Chevrolet Beat LT hatchback also has a power outlet, 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 interior illumination is in blue color, which makes the interiors look classy.
Engine and Performance:
The company has housed this hatchback with a 1.2-litre, petrol engine, which has 4-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 petrol engine has the ability to generate a 78.89bhp at 6200rpm in combination with a torque of 108Nm at 4400rpm. This engine has been cleverly coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box, which is quite smooth and efficient. This smart hatchback has the ability to attain a top speed in the range of 145 – 150 kmph. While, this 1199cc motor can propel this hatchback from 0 – 100 kmph in a matter of 15.7 seconds, which is rather impressive. The company claims that this impressive small hatchback has the ability to produce a mileage of 18.6 kmpl, which is fairly reasonable. This mileage has been certified by reputed testing agencies under the rule number 115 of the central motor vehicle rules.
Braking and Handling:
The company has fitted this Chevrolet Beat LT hatchback with an efficient braking system. 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 suspension system of this petrol hatchback is very powerful and sturdy with the front axle being fitted with a McPherson Strut type of a 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.
The list includes of a powerful air conditioner with heater and ventilation, remote boot lid and fuel tank lid release buttons, a hydraulic power assisted steering with a silver finish, a battery saver and a dual horn as well. The external rear view mirrors can be internally adjusted, a digital tachometer, odometer along with a trip meter as well for updating the driver with vital information about the hatchback, all four power windows along with an integrated center stack, which has a MP3, CD player with a USB port and Aux-in along with 4 speakers and an antenna as well. 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 LT 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 company has also incorporated this amazing Chevrolet Beat LT hatchback with some very significant and fundamental safety features such as a centre high mount stop lamp for added safety of the vehicle, a central locking system, front fog lamps for enhanced visibility for the driver, height adjustable front and rear head rests, a set of 2.5 miles per hour impact proof bumpers and a lot of such crucial features, which will definitely make an impact on the customers.
Pros: Striking exteriors and good interior features, a lively engine with a good pick up.
Cons: Mileage can be better, a little space constraint for the third rear passenger.