The Chevrolet Beat Diesel has been a fuel efficient hatchback and one of the most affordable options for the Indian car buyer since its launch in 2011. Offering smart design cues and aesthetical space management, the Beat Diesel boasts of plush and nimble drivability in standard city traffic conditions. Competing with the likes of the Ford Figo, Nissan Micra and the Hyundai Grand i10, the Beat Diesel combines practicality, convenience and low running costs, without compromising on visual appeal.
The Beat Diesel is the entry-level hatchback from General Motors in India and is powered by a 936 cc, 3-cylinder, in-line DOHC, TCDI engine, which produces a maximum power of 57 hp at 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 142.5 Nm at a low 1750 rpm. The engine has strong low and mid-range for city driving conditions and feels best when the revs are kept below 3000 rpm. The throttle response is crisp and linear and it can cover distances within the city with purposeful grunt and subtle poise. The performance figures might not be appealing on paper but has proven to be an able city commuter. The engine provides is enough torque to handle city drivability but the power to hold the top range is lacking and the motor becomes harsh as it approaches the top-end of the rev band.
The diesel unit comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that has well stacked ratios, albeit with slightly notchy operations. In gear acceleration at slow speeds is good and gear changing is minimal in city traffic conditions. A turning radius of 4.85 mitres adds to the nimbleness of the package. The Mcpherson struts with any-roll bars up front and the compound link type rear suspension provide adequate manoeuvrability and agility in city driving conditions. The Beat in India comes in four variants, of which the range topping LT (O) variant comes with ABS, dual front airbags, alloy wheels, climate control. This, combined with an affordable price tag, makes the Beat Diesel a viable option for customers looking for a hassle-free ownership experience.