The supermini segment is about to get fiercer with the introduction of Chevrolet’s all-new Spark, as well as the facelifted Chevrolet Trax, which will compete head on in the small SUV segment.
The Chevrolet Spark has been redesigned from the ground up, riding on an all-new platform, and carrying Chevrolet’s new design language. Gone are the goofy looks of the outgoing spark, and in place is a more mature, more cohesive design, with a sleeker and more planted stance, mainly thanks to the lower roofline that reduces the tall look found in most superminis. The seats have also been slightly lowered to compensate for the lower roofline, and instead of seating for 5 people, the middle second row seat has become a tray, much like you would see in a coupe’s 2+2 coupe arrangement.
Inside, the mature theme continues, with the elimination of the cool looking but rather confusing motorbike-style gauges seen in Chevy’s past small cars. Key attention has been placed in upgrading the interior materials and fit and finish, making the Spark a somewhat less utilitarian interior to be in. While the 2nd row seats only seat 2 people now, it does have 60:40 split folding rear seats. The best part about the Spark is the MyLink infotainment system, which is standard across the range.
Powering the Chevrolet Spark is a 1.4 liter ECOTEC 4-cylinder petrol engine, producing 99 hp and 128 Nm of torque. It is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
Spark LT MT: P648,888
Spark LT AT: P682,888
Spark LTZ AT: P763,888
The Chevrolet Trax has also been given an update. The new, facelifted model has now reached our shores, and along with the Spark, the Trax also receives the brand’s new design language, which is highlighted by the slimmer grille, in which the bowtie logo is now placed within the grille’s frames. A new alloy wheel design adorns the LT variant.
More changes are apparent in the interior. Just like in the Spark, gone is the motorbike-style gauges, in place a easier to read and more conventional looking gauges. The interior materials have been updated as well, with better materials and some stitching details in the dashboard. Gone is the dual lid glove box, and in its place is a larger, single glovebox. MyLink is also standard across the range in the Chevrolet Trax.
Powering the Trax is a single engine and transmission choice. a 1.4 liter turbocharged ECOTEC inline-4 engine that produces 140 hp and 200 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-Speed automatic driving the front wheels.
Trax LS: P1,123,888
Trax LT: P1,358,888