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Opel Karl Hints at What’s to Come for 2016 Chevrolet Spark

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/11/2015 Karla Sanchez

The Opel Karl made its debut at the Geneva motor show, and although the European isn’t coming here, it’s a sign of what’s to come on the 2016 Chevrolet Spark, which was just teased in a dark photo earlier this week. Although we couldn’t see much of the minicar in the teaser photo, we can look to the recently revealed Karl for some answers since they share a lot in common.

To start, Opel says its new subcompact measures 144.9 inches in length, which is up from the current Spark’s 144.7-inch-long body. The wheelbase is also 0.4 inches longer, so with that, we can expect the new Spark to be slightly larger. The extra inches on the outside also make an impact inside, where the hatchback offers 32 cubic-feet of cargo space compared to the current Spark’s 31.2 cubic-feet. The Karl’s roof is also 3 inches lower, and with a curb weight of 2070 pounds, that could mean the Spark shed up to 200 pounds. Opel Karl© Provided by MotorTrend Opel Karl

Underneath the hood, the Karl boasts a new 1.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec three-cylinder that puts out 74 hp. The Spark currently makes 84 hp from a 1.2-liter four-cylinder, so it’s possible the subcompact could lose some grunt if it gains the new three-cylinder engine that’s part of GM’s new global, small-displacement Ecotec engine family. Then again, it's also possible the 1.2-liter will carry over. A five-speed manual is the lone transmission for the Karl, though expect the Spark to be offered with an automatic transmission option and CVT. The cabin should also undergo a major upgrade, seeing as the Karl sports a nice-looking interior that could be outfitted with options like a Wi-Fi hotspot that could connect up to seven mobile devices to the Internet. Opel Karl© Provided by MotorTrend Opel Karl

While we don’t expect the Spark to look exactly like the Karl, the subcompact’s overall aesthetic helps give us an idea of what we can expect from the 2016 Spark, which will be revealed at the upcoming 2015 New York International Auto Show. 2016 Chevrolet Spark Teaser Photo Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Spark Teaser Photo Front Three Quarter

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