With the recent rise in fuel prices the demand for Diesel cars has shot drastically, many car manufacturers are getting diesel versions of their models. The small car segment has few Diesel options and General Motors is taking advantage of this by introducing the Diesel version of their successful small car the Chevrolet Beat. Its been 16 years for GM in India and its journey has been with ups and downs. Things have never looked so good for GM India and they want to make the most of it by getting the Diesel version of the Beat to show their supremacy in the small car segment.
The Chevrolet Beat is currently available in 1.2liter Petrol and a LPG version. Things have changed since the Beat was launched about two years back and GM India too has tasted success in this period, they also invested heavily in setting up a brand new plant at Talegaon which is where the Beat’s diesel engine and the car will be built. GM India also has a plant at Halol in Gujarat.
We drove the Beat Diesel in Goa to find out if it is the most fuel efficient small car currently. Read on to know all about the Beat Diesel.
Design – Exteriors
Getting the facts in line, the Beat was seen in the Hollywood movie `The Transformers` as a concept vehicle, not many vehicles make it to the production line looking exactly as they did in their concept version but the Beat is an exclusion. The concept Beat was shown to the media in 2007 and mostly all the designing stayed intact on the final production version of the Beat.
The Chevrolet Beat has always been a very futuristic looking car. The Beat Diesel is not cosmetically different from its Petrol sibling. The front of the Beat is largely taken by the huge split Chevrolet grill. The face of the Beat is further highlighted by the space age style headlamps that are perhaps the longest in size in the segment. The bonnet rises upwards towards the wind shield. The Beat’s front bumper houses large round fog lamps that have a chrome garnish. This combination of the Chevy grill with the large round fog-lamps combined with the XXL sized head lamps gives a Spacecraft like look to the face of the Beat.
The sides of the Beat gets a flat wheel fender along with body colored wing mirrors and the window sill that rises upwards as it goes towards the tail lamp. The Beat has a unique rear door handle that is placed vertically on the area where usually you have a quarter glasses. The rear of the Beat continues with the Space Age design theme, large twincept tail lamps with high rear bumper that has stop reflectors placed on them. The rear windshield has the De-fogger and rear wash-wipe feature that is real handy from our experience while driving the Beat Diesel on wet rainy roads of Goa. You also get a large body mounted rear spoiler that gives a sharp edge to the roof line at the back. The LT version of the Beat Diesel that we drove also has factory fitted silver colored roof trails that look sporty. The Beat Diesel drives on upsized tyres as compared to its Petrol brother, the tyre specs for are 165/65/R14 to make the Diesel Beat drive better. More on the drive part later. Another note worth change on the Beat Diesel is the increase of the ground clearance from 165mm on the Petrol Beat to 175mm on the Diesel version. The overall weight of the Beat Diesel is 1027kgs while the Petrol version weighs about 965kgs.
Interiors – Cabin
Everything remains the same on the inside of the Beat Diesel too, the Beat always had a nice cozy kind of cabin feel. The three spoke steering has is height adjustable and feels good to grip. The unique sports bike like digital instrument cluster with a soft blue back light looks sporty in the Beats cabin. This sporty speedo unit is column mounted and has a round speedo cluster on the left with a unique digital panel which displays the RPM, fuel level; clock and other tell tales on the right. The dashboard is on black with a grainy texture to it. Everything in here has a space age design to it, the center console on the Beat Diesel LT has a climate control and a MP3/FM player that also has an upfront USB and AUX port on the player. The soft blue backlit theme continues on the centre dash on the climate control and the music system display. The AC vents on the sides are closeable while the center ones are not. The bottle holders in the door pads hold one liter bottles easily while there are many cubby storage holes spread all around in the cabin. The Beat has a flat shaped gear changer that feels nice to grip, we would have liked a touch of chrome or aluminum on the shifter. Twin Can holders are just in front of the gear shifter. The front seats on the Beat offer good support and there is good leg room and headroom in the front. At the rear you get comfortable seats for two passengers ideally while a third one can fit in if needed, two head rests are standard on the LT version. The rear seats are comfortable and the seats are inclined for comfortable long drives. There is good leg and knee room at the rear for two passengers. The Beat Diesel has a boot space of 180 liters that can swallow two suitcases and a few hand bags easily.
Engine – Suspension – Drive
The heart of the Beat Diesel is what matters the most. GM India has spent a fortune in designing and developing the all new 1.0 XSDE SMARTECH Diesel engine for the Beat that was developed specially for India by GM Technical Center Bangalore and GM Power-train Europe.
More on the all new 1.0 XSDE SMARTECH Diesel engine
The Chevrolet Beat Diesel is powered by an all new 936cc XSDE SMARTECH 3 cylinder Diesel engine; this engine makes 62.5 PS of power and has 160.3Nm of torque under its belt. GM engineers have used some latest technology on this engine. The engine is based on the popular Multi Jet (MJI) Diesel engine that was co-developed by GM and Fiat. The XSDE engine uses DOHC with 12 valves with a lot of light weight engine components being used to keep the overall weight low. A fixed geometry Turbocharger powers this engine. The engine uses an electrically controlled throttle body that also lessens in keeping vibrations and engine shakes. The intake manifold is made of light weight plastic material that’s been designed for low end torque. The XSDE engine is fed by a CRDI injection that works at 1600 bars. The cylinder block used on the XSDE engine is epoxy coated making its corrosion free.
How does it drive?
Fire the engine and it’s impossible to say that under the hood is a 3 cylinder diesel engine. This is one of the smoothest and most vibration free 3 cylinder diesel engines that any car model has currently. The use of light weight material and advanced engineering gone into this engine shows in a big way. The NVH levels are pretty low in the cabin and once the doors are shut it’s rather difficult to make out that this is a diesel car. The Beat Diesel gets a revised gearbox; the gear shifts are smooth and precise. The gear ratios are ideal for in city driving and tuned more for efficiency. Shift to the first gear and the Beat Diesel drives in a nice and sedate manner. The gear ratios are short ideally tuned for higher efficiency and intercity drives. The Fixed Geometry Turbo kicks in at the 1600 RPM and after this the speed builds on rather quickly. An intelligent Launch Support System on the engine detects if the car is climbing on gradients and delivers the torque accordingly. The mid end power delivery is good on the Beat Diesel while the low end torque is adequate for busy city roads. We managed to touch 145kmph on the Beat Diesel which should give you a picture of the capabilities of this engine. You can hardly hear the engine running while driving around the city and the cabin is super silent. On the highways the speed builds up evenly and once you cross the 60kmph speed the engine note is slightly heard. The Beat Diesel handles rather well partly because of the upsized tyres and also due to the new stiffened rebound tuned gas suspension that it now gets. The Beat Diesel drives over bad roads and pot holes in a more relaxed fashion absorbing the bumps. The increased ground clearance also helps things here. The new Electrical powered steering (EPS) works well and helps in keeping the Beat Diesel under control in any situation. The Beat Diesel drives and feels very nice at low and high speeds. Fuel efficiency on the Beat Diesel is good and GM India claims a fuel efficiency of 24kmpl on the Beat Diesel and we will surely examine that in our long term test.
GM India is also recommending a 15,000 KMS or 1.5 years Engine oil change interval to keep running costs low and also would be offering the Beat Diesel with an segment first 3years or 1,00,000 KMS warranty on the car and the engine.
The Chevrolet Beat Diesel is a very good package overall in the small Diesel car segment. It’s got a very light weight, peppy yet efficient (24kmpl) Diesel engine that’s developed using the latest technology. The 3 cylinder Diesel engine is a gem with low NVH levels and near to zero vibration. The Beat Diesel is a fun to drive car in the city and it also does rather well on the highways at high speeds. The Chevrolet Beat has always been a smart looking space age small car and now with the new Diesel option it becomes a very desirable choice in the hot small car segment and also turns out to be a big threat to the likes of Ford Figo and Maruti Ritz Diesels.
The Chevrolet Beat Diesel has been launched and here a quick update on the range of variants available and their prices-
Beat Diesel PS 4.29 lakhs
Beat Diesel LS 4.59 Lakhs
Beat Diesel LT 4.99 lakhs
Beat Diesel LT Option 5.45 lakhs
All prices Ex Delhi.
thanks good review. It would be best if u put the videos also
very fantastic look, lot of space. thanks
Very good review. It will impress everybody.
It will be interesting if price is less than tataev2
Thanks for good review want to own this car as soon as possible.
The Beat Diesel is launching on the 25th of July so all those who want to buy it can pre-book it now so that they do not have to go thru the long wait period.
what is the exact tyre size of chevrolet diesel car and ground clearence.
tyre sizeis 14. N ground clearance is 175.
nice review. but what will be the pricing of this new beat diesel
How was the car on the Highway and on climbing gradients? I want to know as I would be doing regular run between Mumbai and Goa.
Thank to Ceverolet to make a small but deasel engine car.
good review shld know pricing to decide
Is it necessary to start a diesel car daily. or drive few km on regular basis.
hi .. neeraj bro i would say yes to drive a diesel car daily .... if u own a second hand(few years old) car then its must ....if its new then no problem.... as now we have a 2001 model bolero if we keep it idle for few days then some sort of starting problem rises and the battery goes num
Thanks for Such a good suggestion. if i will purchase new Chevrolet beat than is it necessary to start it on regular basis. actually i want your opinion . rather i should purchase beat diesel or LPG model. which one will be good for me.
hi Neeraj if you are buying a new diesel, then its well and good no need to worry, its good. u will not have any problem . diesel technology is increasing very rapidly. u will save a lot of money on fuel . just go for diesel car of maruti make . if u can shed more money then swift diesel is a great car .. or any maruti's diesel version cars all are good .
Good review and I want to know the price
nice review. but would like to know how does it fare(value for money)when compare to new diesel swift.
cost of car should be less than FOUR LAC RUPEES
What's the price?On look it's better than the old beat
i think this is a big deal in a small package..but scucess of the model will be based on performance interms of fuel economy....if it can reach to some where 17km/ltr...it will be a big hit amongs the small section cars...
realy very nice car ,,please add the price details
Thank to Ceverolet to make a small but deasel engine car.
Thank u for good package in least amount but I personally hope that General Motors give heavy discount to give challenge to other competitors and customer will be benefited.On the road price will be 4 lakhs with fully loaded such as Ac,power window & steering with ABS other fitment will give number one in the world. Go d easel bye bye petrol slogan for (BEAT DEASEL) gud luck
I want know about milage per litre
GM India claims 24kmpl of fuel efficiency under test conditions and a overall fuel efficiency of 20kmpl is what we can expect easily on the Beat Diesel.
Interesting, What is the price for this car ?
Very good, what is the price?
what about spares maintainance had a bad experience with optra diesel.............. looking forward for micra diesel what say guys
Very good looking want to know the price of high end to deside.
fuel efficiency? cost of car should be less than Five LAC RUPEES
i feel we (buyers) should be carefull coz GM waste there energy and money(which at the end borne by end user) in advertisement and false over commitment,but rellaty is usually highly disappointing. I Suggest You Dont only go on look/quick decesion wait some time to get actual response on Road.it sould be Value for Money.....
We have waited a long time for a compact and truly efficient diesel hatchback and I think that our patience has been rewarded and the time has come. Thank you GM for having faith in India and by giving us the fruit of your labour with a diesel car which we can cherish for many years to come. Your 993cc diesel engine is a gem and has arrived at the right time !
i am not drive my friends told they take test drive there opinion very nice and comfortable but i want to know how kerala price i hope G M C they give good price
Good news, but the price also suppose to less, it will be good in the market.
best car having good interior & and having a good average.
sunne dekhne me badhia lagtai hai lekin chalne per pata lageg
Thank u for giving a great review . What about the ABS and Dual airbags on Diesel version. Is bluetooth facility an added advantage of Beat Diesel ?
good concept. car is already looking sexy style but price should be abit less so that it will come commonly on road and beat all the cheap and costly cars....i try my best to own this version of CAR.....
excellent review. lets see
reviews are very good n will surely attract the customers if it will have a competitive price in comparison with tata ev2. i will also try to buy this car.
nice review....but wats d price??
wts the price of Diesel model, reply as early as possible
ok its very nice car.....
Is the indicator stalk on the wrong side still? If so, I really don't want to even visit a Chevy showroom. If Chevy doesn't respect Indian buyers and driving conditions and change the configuration accordingly, I don't respect chevy. When they claim that they invest huge money on building powertrains, why not investing a part of it to put indicator stalk for Indian conditions? May be that is the reason why Suzuki and Hyundai are ruling the market. I respect you Suzuki and Hyundai because you respected Indian buyers.
nice car and economy price and usage i like it and i purchase
waiting for its performance......what will be price???.
Most of the cars give false declarations about milage. i10 says more then 20 km per ltr but it gives 9 on an average with a.c . This car says 24km but it will give 11/12 max on an average i.e city and high-way mix. We must see actual performence and not to rely on company's commitment.
whwt is the actual price of the beat diesel version.....????rply as early as posssible....bcz i wanted to book immediately
good looking car is a very economy car we wait in for its performance this car future is very bright in desal version exaclant review grate car
good very good car
I want to book this car but please provide rate.
listen friends, no doubt chevy took smart move to enter with diesel option in small car segment but i find the pricing for diesel is quite high, if you are going for Beat LT option then you have to pay 6.42lakhs on road in mumbai, and if i am not mistaken B segment leader swift VDI comes at 5.7lakh on road, Stylish Nissan micra XV comes at 6.55 lakh, Ford Figo titanium 6.35 lakh, if you could strtch a little bit Punto Emotion will come at 6.80 lakh etc, Here my point is all these B segment cars comes with diesel option with more power, speed and more space wich accomodate 5 passanger easily. so what is the point to pay 6.42 lakh for a car which is 58 bhp, 4 passanger and most importantly the car which comes under B segment. i thing chevy should reduce its price by 50000.then only it will make sense to buy a disel beat.
Dude, LS version of Beat Diesel. On road price in delhi is 5,02,000. I do not feel it would vary much across the country. Kindly, go and check the price at a showroom nearest to you. This actually is a great car still in its initial days. Wait for a couple of months and u would hear thats its a good car with waiting for the delivery.
Thanks for the comment friend, but i am talking about Mumbai prices, and i am product manager in FIAT india i dont need to go to the showroom to check the prices, Its not important that LS version is geting at 5 lakhs, generally we benchmark the other product according to the value, feature customers are getting from the particular product at suitable price, here if we comprin features with the cars like swift, figo or micra, LT option version comes in the picture, when you compare it with middle version of higher segment car providing the same features, Beat (Diesel) lose the battle thats the reason why its not the highest unit selling car in india. Swift (16500), Figo (near 7000), i20 (near 7000),Ritz (6000) and beat (4500-5500) only.
I dnt know how Beat-LT(D) comes 6.42 lakhs? I have purchased Beat-LT(D) and on road price is 5.35 lakhs in guwahati. The swift-VDI(New) price is round 6.49 lakhs On road price in guwahati.
http://www.chevrolet.co.in/tools/prices.html Dear friend, we are talking about mumbai, i dont know about Guwahati, The above link is for your reference, If beat diesel LT(O) comes at 5.73 lakhs ex-showroom mumbai, then how come you got it on road 5.35lakh????
I want buy beat diesel car .But are that available in jaipur(raj) showroom. plz repl.
its Awesome to get small diesel car in value able prize.
How meny km it will run for engine
its good looking, good pickup and also fantastic average. i think the car was rocking
thanx for such a great review . i was in a trouble in buying a car but after searching lots of information , i thought to buy it . i got its test drive n i m surprise that how smoothly it runs on the indian village roads ...... its not like other ones .... a noise and hard suspensions .... it is really a nice innovation for us .... especially me ..... i will always prefer to my frens to check out this once before buying another one .
Chevrolet spare parts are very expensive and not available easily in the market as compare maruti sazuki ritz. so ritz is vest option as compare beat. and service and maintenance cost is very cheap of maruti cars.
Am using Beat Diesel LT and its Worth each penny u pay MERITS 1.Handling 2.Comfort both front & Rear 3.Great Mileage 4.Superb Suspension 5.Noise & Vibration less 6.Good Looking interior & Exterior 7.Smart utilization of interior Space 8.Suits tall person too(am 6.1 fits nice) Pricks 1.Need some more boot space for Long trips 2.Rapid Pick would make fine 3.Fits Petty for Big 5 People family
kindly suggest me that can i use 177(7inch)/70R 15 inch alloy wheel in my Beat-LT-Diesel? instead of 165/65R14.
Dear Friends. Am planning for chev Beat Diesel LS model.. and i will be traveling bangalore to chennai and chennai to bangaore once in a month.. Can any one suggest me , whether i can go for this.
I think after a long search and cross comparing with other cars beat diesel is good and value for money......plz go on and enjoy the drive....