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The Chevrolet Spark Activ has been unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show.

The Activ is distinguished from other Spark models by its jacked-up suspension, which increases the car’s ride height by 10 millimetres, while GM has also restyled the Spark’s side sills and bumpers, with lots of new grey plastic hinting at some sort of off-road ability.

Additionally, the Spark Activ also sports new 15-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a front fascia with more prominent fog lights, plastic extensions for the wheel arch lips, and silver bash plate-style bumper inserts.

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV is a sportier take on the brand

For the US market, the Spark Activ features as standard a 7.0-inch touchscreen interface for the MyLink infotainment system, air conditioning, cruise control, a reversing camera, satellite radio, 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, keyless entry, and steering wheel audio controls.

Power for the Spark Activ comes courtesy of a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 73kW of power and 127Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the ground via a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

There’s no mention of an all-wheel drive option, so, presumably, the Spark Activ keeps the regular hatch’s front-wheel drive setup.


Speaking with CarAdvice today, a Holden spokesperson would not confirm the Activ’s potential for Australia.

“The Chevrolet Spark Activ looks like a great car, however we have nothing to announce at this time. Holden will concentrate its small SUV offering on the recently announced redesigned Trax,” the spokesperson said.

“Holden is committed to leveraging GM’s global portfolio to provide the best vehicles for Australia.”

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