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2019 Chevrolet Spark Overview
The Spark, Chevrolet’s smallest car, was introduced to the market for 2013 and saw a swift redesign for 2016. Like a host of other Chevrolet models, the city hatchback enters 2019 with a mid-cycle update.
Major visual changes are limited to a new face with redesigned headlights and a larger grille. As before, the grille is dominated by a large black bar meant for the front license plate, but the whole assembly is closer to Chevrolet’s current look and makes the diminutive car appear more substantial. Other updates include new wheel designs and an expanded exterior color palette that includes four new hues: Orange Burst Metallic, Passion Fruit, Caribbean Blue Metallic, and Raspberry.
As before, the Spark comes in four trims – LS, 1LT, 2LT, and ACTIV – each progressively nicer than the last. ACTIV is inspired by an off-road theme and gets elements like front and rear skid plates, a unique grille, distinctive wheel designs, and a suspension that increases the ride height by 0.4 inches. The Spark comes with plenty of bang-for-the-buck—even the base LS grade features a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, and a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. Keyless entry, keyless access and start, leatherette upholstery, alloy wheels, and heated seats are available on higher trims. New for 2019 are illuminated USB inputs on all trims, LED running lights for 1LT and 2LT trims, and the latest version of Chevrolet’s infotainment software.
Each level of the Spark is front-wheel drive (FWD), powered by a 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine worth 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. It may not seem like much, but reviewers say it’s plenty for the car’s intended mission as a city vehicle. And, it rewards drivers with fuel economy as high as 30 mpg city, 38 highway, and 35 combined. Across all grades, this engine can be had with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The Spark includes a standard reversing camera and 10 airbags. The 2LT models come standard with rear-park assist. The Driver Confidence package is an extra-cost option for 2LT and includes forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, and, for 2019, low-speed forward automatic braking.
The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is a markedly improved small urban car with plenty of space and personality. The updated model hits the market later this year.
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