General Motors India launched the much-awaited diesel version of its dynamic and elegant Chevrolet Beat today at a ceremony presided over by GM India Vice President P Balendran. The all-new Beat Diesel sports the 1.0 XSDE SMARTECH engine developed specifically for India by the GM Technical Centre in Bangalore in collaboration with GM Power-train Europe.
“Offering a diesel engine developed for Indian consumers in our most popular model is a momentous achievement for GM India,” said Mr. Balendran during today’s launch. “We are confident that with its best-in-segment design, performance and safety, the Beat Diesel will set a new industry benchmark and be a winner with local car buyers.”
The Beat Diesel’s three-cylinder DOHC engine features state-of-the-art Common Rail Fuel Injection technology for outstanding emission performance and fuel economy. Its electrically controlled throttle body further reduces carbon emissions.
The engine’s Fixed Geometry Turbocharger with vacuum operated wastegate ensures efficient operation. Combined with Advanced Insta-Torque Boost (AIB), it provides added torque when overtaking. Despite its high efficiency, the engine’s power per litre (62.5 PS/L) and torque per litre (160.3 Nm/L) are best in class in India’s diesel mini-hatchback market.
As an added benefit, the engine is the quietest powerplant in its segment and provides outstanding performance in stop-and-go traffic conditions. It also incorporates an advanced technology maintenance free timing chain drive system and added anti-corrosion protection. The engine oil only needs to be changed every 15,000 km or 1.5 years, for lower maintenance costs.