Good horsepower and wonderful fuel efficiency are some qualities that make diesel cars popular. And in a market where Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Fiat and Tata have their hatchbacks, General Motors too had to launch its Beat with the diesel option.
Chevrolet Beat diesel that runs on 936 cc 3 cylinder engine is a 5 speed manual hatch that comes in 4 variants. Beat 1.0 LS is a mid segment model in this league. Here’s an account of its distinguishing features:
The peculiar yet smart styling of the Beat gives it a unique identity. Its front looks somewhat big and disproportionate to rest of the body, but the large windshield sloping on a muscular front bonnet lends it an aerodynamic appearance. In addition to the primary exterior design features that are common between Beat 1.0 PS and LS, the latter has tinted glasses and there are ORVMs on both the doors. The front grille where the Chevrolet badge sits also has an elegant chrome finish in this variant.
Some added features over and above the ones in the entry level variant, make the cabin of Beat 1.0 LS more refined and plush. There are design inserts on the semi fabric seat covers. There is a silver finish around the instrument panel and all doors have a high gloss black finish. A digital clock has been provided on the dashboard but there’s no music system in this version of Beat.
A range of basic features for adequate comfort is there in the cabin. As a minor refinement from base variant, there are powered windows for the front in Beat 1.0 LS Diesel. The driver’s seat can also be adjusted for height. There is a power outlet in the front and cup holders at both front and back. Coat hooks and seat back shopping bag hooks have been fitted. Further, the rear seats can be folded in a 60:40 split ratio to create more space for extra luggage. This variant of the car gets passenger side vanity mirror too.
The mid segment model of this diesel hatch has a couple of extra safety features in addition to the ones that have also been put in the Beat 1.0 PS. These exist in the form of central locking system and a day/night adjustable rear view mirror.
Beat Diesel 1.0 LS TCDi is priced at Rs 5.10 lakhs (ex Showroom price Delhi) and is a good value for money hatch simply because of the excellent fuel efficiency & the ride quality that it delivers. Recommended as an option if you drive for at least 50 kms daily within the city!