By Colin Bird on October 12, 2011
It’s been a long time coming, but GM is finally prepared to sell its smallest Chevy, the Spark, in America. First shown to the public at the 2009 Detroit auto show with a late-2009 release date, the Spark will come to U.S. and Canadian shores as a 2013 model.
The Spark will be powered by an 83-horsepower, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine mated either to a five-speed manual transmission or an unspecified automatic transmission. Only the four-door hatchback version will be available here.
Available features include a color touch-screen, Bluetooth connectivity, heated leatherette seats and alloy wheels.
To get some perspective on the Spark’s size, the little tike will be 14 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Sonic but three feet longer than a Smart ForTwo.
GM also announced separately that the Spark will become Chevy’s first all-electric vehicle option. Available in limited quantities and in select U.S. states, including California, the Spark EV will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. No word on what the range or charge times will be. The Spark EV will launch in 2013 in select markets.
We’ll share more info with you once the 2011 L.A. Auto Show gets underway next month. For now, check out more photos of the Spark EV below.