The Spark underwent a complete redesign for 2016, and in 2018, it will be a carryover model for the second straight year.
There are no anticipated changes to the looks of the tiny Spark. It’ll continue with its Sonic-inspired looks, which made it more palatable for traditional buyers than its polarizing design from years prior. The Spark Activ will also continue unchanged, with its 0.4 inches of extra ride height, unique grille, plastic body cladding, unique fascias, round fog lights, and roof rails.
The Spark’s interior will also remain unchanged. This updated-for-2016 cabin will continue with its modern-meets-economy mixture of desirable gadgets and cost-saving painted plastics.
Standard features on the 2018 Spark will also remain the same. They’ll include 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, a 60-40 folding rear seat, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a tilt steering wheel, OnStar, a MyLink infotainment system, and more.
Power will continue to come from a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will inject 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque into this subcompact hatchback. The power will head through a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission on its way to the front wheels.
The IIHS hasn’t completed testing on the new-generation Spark, but the 2015 model (the final year of the last generation) was a Top Safety Pick. The only thing keeping it from the Top Safety Pick+ designation was its acceptable rating in the small-overlap test. The 2017 model did complete two crash tests and received good ratings in them. Sadly, even if the 2018 Spark aces the remaining crash tests, it cannot earn back the Top Safety Pick designation due to its lack of automatic emergency braking.
Expect a full review closer to launch.