Report – Chevrolet Spark Activ coming to the US image

According to the latest talk across the rumor mill, the US automaker has recently registered the “Spark Activ” name with the California Air Resources Board.

This could be a clear sign that Chevrolet is aiming to bring the crossover-styled Activ on the US market as well, meaning those looking for a tiny soft-roader might soon be in for a new option. Chevy’s recent certification of the “Spark Activ” with CARB means the company mulls the start of sales of the jacked-up city car in California. And that means there’s just one step needed for US-wide sales, as Chevrolet also needs to get approval from the EPA. The California-registered Spark Activ used the exact same 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine as the standard model – in which case the EcoTec unit delivers 98 horsepower (73 kilowatts) and 94 pound-feet (127 newton-meters) of torque.

The platform remains unchanged under the metal, but the Spark Activ comes with a rugged look and could be very close to the Beat Activ concept showcased in February at Delhi Auto Expo in India. Being a soft-roader, the Spark Activ remains a front-wheel drive car but with beefed up design credentials thanks to the plastic body cladding, underbody protection, and jacked up suspension allowing the model to better avoid obstacles. The Indian-built version for the local market is coming next year and we’re not going to show surprise if the equivalent US-spec version coming from South Korea appears just about during the same time in America.

Via AutoGuide.com