Chevrolet India is a fully owned ancillary of the multinational automobile giant General Motor Corporation. 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. The top end trim in this LPG model lineup is called as the Chevrolet Beat LT LPG. The company has fitted this hatchback with an efficient and reliable suspension and braking system, which makes this one of the safest vehicles in its segment. Chevrolet India has gifted this small hatchback with a lot of comfort and convenience features such as power windows, an integrated center stack music system with 4 speakers that has a USB interface and also an Aux-in port, which helps in making the in-cabin ambience pleasant for the occupants. The company has also bestowed this amazing hatchback with some very remarkable safety features as well such as dual airbags for enhanced protection of the driver as well as the front passenger, a Centre High Mount Stop Lamp for added safety of the vehicle, a central locking system with remote control and a lot of such vital features, which will definitely make an impact on the buyers.
The company have done up the exteriors of this hatchback remarkably well and have given quite a few striking features to it. The large front radiator grille has some chrome treatment, which is surrounded by a beaming headlight cluster. The front body colored bumper has an air dam and also a pair of fog lamps, which enhance the visibility of the driver. The side profile has a smooth with body colored outside rear view mirrors on both the sides along with the door handles as well. This Chevrolet Beat LT LPG hatchback has been fitted with a robust set of sturdy steel wheels of size 14 x 4.5 J, which have been equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/70 R14. 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 panel body 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 exterior paint options of this hatchback include a Super Red finish, a Caviar Black finish, a Cocktail Green finish, a Summit White finish, a Switch Blade Silver metallic finish, a Sandrift Grey finish, a Misty Lake metallic finish and a Linen Beige finish.
The overall length of this hatchback is 3640mm along with a total width of 1595mm, which also includes the external rear view mirrors. Whereas the total height is of this Chevrolet Beat LT LPG hatchback is 1520mm along with a roomy wheelbase of 2375mm, it has a ground clearance of 165mm, which makes this hatchback one of the most admired car in the country. The approximate kerb weight of this compact hatchback is in the range of 965 kgs, while it also 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 company has fitted well cushioned and comfortable seats in this variant, which are covered with premium fabric upholstery with design inserts that makes it look vibrant. There is also 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. Apart from all these, this 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 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 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 modish and classy.
Engine and Performance:
This company has equipped this compact hatchback with a 1.2-litre, S-TECH II, petrol/LPG engine, which has four cylinders. This engine can displace 1199cc and has the ability to generate 79.30bhp at 6400rpm in combination with a peak torque of 104Nm at 4400rpm, which is rather good. This petrol/LPG based engine has been cleverly coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which is quite smooth and efficient. The company 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 can generate a healthy mileage in the range of 10.1 to 13.3 kmpl, which is pretty reasonable. This smart hatchback has the ability to attain a top speed in the range of 145 – 150 kmph. While, this engine can propel this hatchback from 0 – 100 kmph in a matter of 15.7 seconds, which is quite good.
Braking and Handling:
This top end Chevrolet Beat LT LPG hatchback has a competent braking system. The front tyres have been fitted with disc brakes and the rear tyres have been given solid drum brakes, which work well with each other together. This hatchback has a powerful suspension system as well with the front axle being fitted with a McPherson Strut type of a mechanism, which also has an anti-roll bar for added stability. Whereas the rear axle gets a compound crank type suspension with gas filled shock absorbers for both front and rear axles.
The list includes of a powerful air conditioner with heater and ventilation, and 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, a 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.
The inventory of safety aspects in this hatchback includes features such as height adjustable front and rear head rests, a driver seat belt reminder notification lamp, central locking and many other such functions also help in keeping this vehicle under the control of the driver. The front as well as the rear body colored bumpers has a unique and very innovative 2.5 miles per hour impact proof, which further enhances the safety of this hatchback.
Pros: Remarkable exteriors and refreshing interiors, a peppy engine with good acceleration.
Cons: Mileage can be better, price can be competitive.