The new Chevrolet Aveo is scheduled to reach showrooms in January, with excellent value pricing to complement its stunning appearance. Starting only at £9,995 for the 1.2 LS model, the Aveo develops Chevrolet’s track record of providing great value for money. However, it is more than just the great pricing that will attract buyers to it.
Featuring its remarkable sculpted front end design and magnificent wedge-shaped profile, the New Aveo delivers a sharp, edgy feel to the supermini segment. Chevrolet UK Managing Director Mark Terry commented that they want to take the image of compact vehicles away from "being cute and cuddly,” the same way they did to the Spark.
He added that the latest model draws on the company's legendary models like the Corvette and Camaro "for its styling influence, with cues such as the distinctive round headlamps and dual-cockpit interior giving it a lot more personality than you’d normally find in this sector of the market.” Even in fundamental trim, the Aveo receives attributes like a rear spoiler, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, CD-stereo radio and electric front windows.
The mid-range LT model offers further luxury features such as the steering wheel audio controls, 15-inch alloy wheels, a four-way adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, sunglasses holder, Bluetooth phone compatibility, a Driver Information Centre, and a chrome gear knob surround, yet is priced from a very competitive £10,995 on-the-road.
The LTZ version has characteristics typically restricted to larger and pricier vehicles, including front fog lamps, a leather steering wheel, automatic headlamps and rear parking sensors. Prices for the LTZ begin at £12,195. Four engines will be available from launch: a 1.2-litre petrol unit developing 86PS, a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 101PS or two 1.3-litre diesels, with power outputs of either 75 or 95PS. All of these include a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. A six-speed automatic option is available for the 1.4-litre models.
Those who are given the chance to get behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Aveo will be surprised with the relaxed and quiet driving experience that it offers. When compared to the techniques and materials that were used in the past, the various noise control measures implemented in the Aveo had a damping performance that was better by at least 10% and that can jump as high as 40%.
Its main appeal however remains to be the sporty driving experience that it delivers. The structure is both stiffer and even more mass-efficient since the frame and upper body were created to be one unit with the body-frame-integral structure made more rigid. This same structure helps with safety as when an accident does occur, its roof is able to support weight that is 4.2 times that of the car. Utilizing advanced steel meant the body had greater tensile strength and with it enhanced passenger safety. It has six airbags, a safety requirement in the Europe market, with tuned sensors wired to it. Then there is the 4-channel anti-lock braking system. Via a speed limiter function, the driver can smoothly trigger cruise control.
What happens is that if the vehicle reaches the maximum speed, an audible alarm is activated by the system. In order to guarantee a stable and tempered ride, the front has the McPherson strut suspension that has a stabilizer bar and coil springs. The rear meanwhile is fitted with the compound axle-mount torsion beam link-type suspension. By combining the electric power steering system (which is mounted on the column) and the electronic stability control, the feedback mechanism for the driver is even more enhanced. These two features are available for the 1.2-liter gas engine and the 1.3-liter turbo-diesel one. This support system even comes with a wear compensator, thus ensuring that steering remains precise for years to come.