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GM India diesel Beat in City

Last updated: 10 August, 2011
Bangalore, August 10, DHNS: 20:37 IST

Worlds first diesel car with one litre engine was launched in Bangalore on Wednesday by General Motors India President & Managing Director, Karl Slym.

The Chevrolet Beat diesel, the company claims is India’s most fuel efficient car with a mileage of 24 km. It is fitted with fuel efficient CRDi (common rail direct injection) one litre XSDE SMARTECH engine developed specifically for India by GM Technical Centre in Bangalore in collaboration with GM Power-train Europe.

“We are confident that with its best-in-segment design, performance, unparalleled fuel efficiency and safety, Beat diesel will set a new industry benchmark and be a winner with local car buyers,” Slym said.

Though Beat diesel externally looks the same as Beat with petrol engine, the real change is under bonnet where the company has fitted a three cylinders, 936 cc DOHC engine that features state-of-the-art CRDi technology for outstanding emission performance and fuel economy. Slym said the engine’s Fixed Geometry Turbocharger (FGT) with vacuum operated wastegate ensures efficient operation. The engine’s Advanced Insta-Torque Boost (AIB), provides added torque when overtaking. Maximum power of diesel Beat is 58.5ps @4000 rpm and maximum torque is 150Nm@1750 rpm.

The car will be available in four variants and ex-showroom price will start at Rs 4.35 lakh rising to Rs 5.53 lakh for fully loaded version. GM India Vice President P Balendran, said “we are confident that Beat Diesel will prove to be a game changer for its segment.”

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