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Mike Stevens | Mar, 10 2015 | 1 Comment

GM has rolled out the first teaser for its coming new Chevrolet Spark, set to replace the model we know as the Holden Barina Spark.

This is not our first look at the new Spark, however, thanks to telling spy photos obtained in February by Korean website Bobaedream.

As those shots revealed, the new fourth-generation Spark will move away from the heavily angular design introduced with the current model, returning to the more organic styling worn by previous generations.

In releasing today’s teaser, GM’s Australian-born design boss Mike Simcoe described the new Spark as a “more sophisticated” offering than its predecessor.

“The new Spark’s design has evolved and grown up with the segment. The youthful whimsy of the original Spark is still in its genes, but it is conveyed in more traditional proportions that reinforce the customer’s refined expectations,” Simcoe said.

The new Spark's German platform mate, Opel's Karl - shown here as the Vauxhall Viva.
The new Spark's German platform mate, Opel's Karl - shown here as the Vauxhall Viva.

The future of Holden’s Korean-sourced Barina Spark line is unclear, with the carmaker confirming last year that it will again look to German cousin Opel for at least one third of its range in the years ahead.

This could see Holden’s city-car needs filled by the new Opel Karl, which shares its platform with the new Spark, or even the more premium and lifestyle-focused Adam hatch.

But, with a number of Holden models still expected to come from the Chevrolet stables, the budget-focused Spark could still have a place in the Australian line-up.

Watch for the new Spark to make its global debut in New York next month.

MORE: 2016 Spark Spied Testing
MORE: Opel Karl Revealed: Holden Viva To Return?

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