Entering the highly competitive global small car segment, design elements of the new Chevrolet Aveo include the aggressive looking front with its exposed twin-headlamps and dual port grille, compact taut body panels with a rising shoulder line and short rear overhangs, the 'hidden' rear door handles which now feature in the c-pillar and a 'body in, wheels out' profile which is now very much part of the new Chevrolet design language.
The new Chevrolet Aveo has benefited from an extensive development programme, resulting in a small car that promises to meet European drivers' tastes both in terms of design and dynamics. Final specifications of the new Aveo will be tailored to each European market. Electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes will be standard.
The new Aveo is longer and wider than the current model, giving it a spacious interior and cargo volume. The interior design features a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer combined with a digital speedo and warning lights. Up-market blue backlighting features on the centre console while the whole of the front cabin is enveloped in a wrap-round fascia. This can be colour-coded and flows from the dash into both the driver's and front passenger's doors.
A comprehensive range of four cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be available in the new Chevrolet Aveo, incorporating technologies such as variable valve timing, double continuous variable cam phasing and common rail fuel injection for the diesels.
The petrol engine range includes a 1.2 litre version (at 86 hp) and a 1.4 litre unit (100 hp). For the first time, Aveo will be offered with two versions of a 1.3 litre diesel engine (at 75 hp and at 95 hp) featuring Start/Stop technology.
Chevrolet's first 6-speed automatic transmission on a small car will feature on the Aveo 1.4 as an option in most markets; manual transmissions are of 5 or 6 speed depending on engine choice.