M400 Chevrolet Spark: Conservative fourth-gen hatch debuts

The much more conservatively styled fourth generation Chevrolet Spark made its debut recently at both the New York Auto Show and the Seoul Motor Show.

Underneath the new clothes is a new platform, chained to which will be a 1.4-litre Ecotec 4-cylinder engine that makes 98hp (73kW). The car is front-wheel drive, and can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT. 40mpg (5.9L/100km) fuel economy is claimed.

What it lacks in personality, the new M400 Chevy Spark makes up for with new tech features. In the US, the M400 Spark will come with a reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard. Safety features, like forward collision warning, lane departure monitoring and blind spot monitoring, will be available too.

The new M400 Spark has a roof that’s 1.6 inches (40mm) closer to the ground than the current M300 Spark. A 7-inch touchscreen MyLink display is available on high grade models.

The M400 Spark goes on sale in the US from late 2015.