Dropping the Barina prefix of the current model, the new Spark will line up in the sub-light vehicle class against competitors like the Suzuki Celerio, Mitsubishi Mirage, and the soon-to-arrive Kia Picanto.
Powered by a new 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine, the Spark will produce 73kW of power and 128Nm of torque.
Inside, standard techjnology includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a first for the micro car class.
“Spark takes the micro-car segment to a new level with technological sophistication and composed driving manners.” Holden’s managing director and chairman, Mark Bernhard, said.
“Spark has been designed to be an extension of drivers’ lives and personalities. Aside from class-leading connectivity, Spark offers a wide range of genuine accessories to make this car the most individually-customisable Holden ever.”
Holden’s engineers played a significant role in tuning the Spark’s steering and handling to suit Australian conditions. Engineering work was carried out in both South Korea and Australia.
“Spark is a truly global car but our engineers have made sure it performs exceptionally in Australia’s varied road conditions,” accodring to Holden’s director of vehicle performance, Ian Butler.
“We have been working with GM Korea since the beginning of the program and were able to collaborate to ensure the car is agile and nimble in urban environments whilst remaining composed and comfortable on the open road.”
Standard safety features include six airbags, stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, ABS brakes, traction control, and a rear view camera for the top-spec LT model. Beneath the skin the Spark employs a new, stiffer architecture.
The interior of the new Spark carries a more mature presentation with new materials and trims and a more modern look and feel than the outgoing model.
Set to go on sale in April, more details about the new model, including price and fuel consumption figures will be released closer to the new Spark’s launch.
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