Delivering 80.5 ps of power at 6200 rpm and a torque of 108 Nm at 4400 rpm, Beat is one of the most powerful cars in its category.
Briefing reporters, GM India President & Managing Director Karl Slym said “Aimed at meeting the highest quality and performance standards in the most sophisticated markets in a competitive environment, the global vehicle was put through over 1 million kilometers of intensive durability tests in extreme weather conditions and crash tests both in India and abroad.” The basic version of Beat is priced at Rs 3.34 lakh (ex showroom) in Bangalore going up to Rs 3.90 lakh for the fully loaded version.
Slym, also disclosed that GM India will launch a diesel Beat fitted with CRDi (common rail direct injection) engine in the month of October this year.
Although Slym declined to reveal the size of the engine, a source close to the developments said that it will be a one litre diesel engine delivering slightly higher power than the petrol one. GM India has set up a new plant at Talegaon, Maharashtra to make small cars and engines. While the car assembly line is already operational, the engine plant with a capacity of 1,60,000 pieces per annum will start production in October this year. This plant will make petrol as well as diesel engines for GM cars and when Beat gets its engines (petrol and diesel) from here, its indigenous content in the car will go up to 95 per cent.
According to GM India Vice President, Balendran the Beat comes in three trim levels of 1.2, 1.2LS and 1.2LT.