The new 1.2-litre Barina Spark certainly added some ‘spark’ to the Barina lineup at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Maximum power is 59kW at 6,400 rpm and peak torque of 107Nm arrives at 4,800 rpm.
Available in two model grades, CD ($12,490) and CDX ($13,990) the Barina Spark stems from the American Chevrolet Beat concept car and eventually Spark variants will be sold in 150 markets around the world.
The five-door hatchback brings some edgy styling to the Barina camp with a distinct wedge shape, sculptured fenders, teardrop headlights and fin-shaped fog light housings.
Inside, the Barina Spark stands out because…well it’s different. Highlights include motorcycle-style instruments attached to the steering column.
Safety gets the ‘thumbs-up’ and includes six airbags (including full-length side curtain airbags), stability and traction control plus anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
Like many of today’s current small cars, Barina Spark rides on McPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear-end.
Spark CDX gains 15-inch alloy wheels amongst its extras.