The all-new replacement for Chevrolet’s popular city slicker, the Spark, will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show, but local “Bowtie” representatives remain tight-lipped about its South African unveiling.

The all-new replacement for Chevrolet’s popular city slicker, the Spark, will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show, but local “Bowtie” representatives remain tight-lipped about its South African unveiling.

The first two generations of the compact city car have garnered a legion of fans the world over, and the new Spark, with its fresh modern design, will find it hard to disappoint.

With typically short overhangs and a rising shoulder line, the car is only 3,5 m long but the limited space has been well used, and the third-generation version will have an almost completely redesigned cabin.

Dependent on the trim level, the Spark comes well equipped. Expected standard items will include power steering, electric windows all round, remote controlled central locking and a height adjustable driver’s seat. Among the options will be air-conditioning, a sunroof, an audio system with CD and MP3 player and a navigation system.

Safety features include driver, passenger and side airbags, electrically operated belt pretensioners and a four-channel ABS system.

Currently offered here with a 38 kW 0,8-litre engine, Spark will be available with a 1,0-litre petrol option at the European launch in mid-April. Although Chevrolet SA’s Arthur Boyle remained tight-lipped about the car, expect a 49 kW 1,0-litre to be included in the line-up once it is launched here, perhaps towards the end of the year.