The Chevrolet Aveo that made its début at the Paris Motor show late last year, is set to arrive in South Africa early in 2012 in both hatchback and saloon body shapes.
This second-generation Aveo isn’t a complete revolution of the first gen car. It is, however, larger than the model it replaces and follows the bold styling trend that can be seen on its smaller Spark sibling. The twin headlamps with black surrounds, large split grille, shoulder lines that rise steeply to the rear and chunky fender flares help lend the new Aveo a more aggressive demeanour than its somewhat pedestrian-looking predecessor.
Chevrolet claims that it has upgraded both the exterior and interior to bring “a fresh breath of youth and sportiness to the segment”.
Inside, the hatchback and saloon get the same treatment with a dual cockpit design which features a wraparound instrument panel. Chevrolet has gone with a motorcycle theme and equipped its Aveo with an instrument cluster that features a round speedometer and a digital LCD readout.
Internationally, there will be two 1,2-litre versions available in two states of tune: 52 kW and 64 kW. There will also be a 74 kW 1,4-litre and an 85 kW 1,6-litre engine. Two versions of a 1,3 diesel (55 kW and 70 kW) featuring stop/start technology will also be available. The Aveo will also be the first small car in the Chevrolet range to feature a six-speed automatic transmission. Manual gearboxes will be five or six-speed depending on engine choice.
Fuel consumption ranges from 5,1 litres/100 km in the 52 kW 1,2 engine to 6,6 litres/100 km in the 1,6. The CO2 output for the entry-level 1,2 is 119 g/km f CO2.
We’ll fill you in with more details closer to the local launch of this vehicle.