There have long been speculations regarding the launch of the Beat in its diesel form, however GM have laid rest to the speculations with an announcement that the Chevrolet Beat diesel model would be launched in India next month. This would be the General’s smallest diesel engine ever, since the next one in the line is 2 liters and above. Well, this is actually the first sub 1 liter diesel engine in its class. It also has the best power to weight ratio for any sub 1 liter diesel outside India as well. Power from the 936 cc engine is said to be 59 Bhp while the torque figure is a good 150 Nm which comes in as low as 1700 rpm. A 5 speed manual transmission from the petrol Beat would be carried over to handle the transmission duties.
Some of the GM officials have revealed that the ARAI figures for the Beat diesel rank closer to the new Indica eV2. The launch month has been announced and GM would shortly declare the date and place where the car would be launched. Most likely, the base variant of the diesel would be priced atleast Rs 60k-80k more than that of the base petrol variant. There wouldn’t be any interior revisions but yes expect the suspension to be more beefed up to cope up with the additional weight of the diesel engine upfront. Watch this space for more dope on the Beat diesel.