2012 Chevrolet Aveo Sedan to make European debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 12, 2011

Among the vehicles that Chevrolet will debut in Europe at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is the new four-door Aveo Sedan. The 2012 Sonic, the car’s US version, had its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Chevrolet tuned the Aveo’s chassis so that European buyers will get improved handling, a characteristic that originates from the car’s tight body frame integral (BFI) structure.

The car will get the following standard equipment: McPherson strut front suspension, Electronic power steering (EPS), electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes.

The European engine range will have four cylinder petrol and diesel units that feature variable valve timing, double continuous variable cam phasing and common rail fuel injection for the diesels. 

There are three petrol engine options: a 1.2-liter that develops either 70 or 86 hp, a 1.4-liter with 100 hp, and a 1.6-liter with 115 hp.

For the first time, the Aveo Sedan will be available with two versions of a 1.3-liter diesel engine (75 hp and at 95 hp) featuring Start/Stop technology.

The Chevrolet Aveo has a sporty exterior that appeals not just to the young but even to the young-at-heart. This is because it remains true to the brand’s global design language. The same is true for the two body styles but it is clearer with the five-door hatchback, given the aggressive and flowing body lines. The four-door version on the other hand has with it a high-class and more mature feel. The notchback was made with young families in mind.

According to Wayne Brannon, the Aveo notchback has an important role in the Chevrolet product line. Brannon explained that in a number of regions in Europe, small sedans are significant as most families that only have one vehicle choose this type. One of the most important features that help with the appeal of the Chevrolet Aveo is that it offers a sporty driving experience. This is because of the rigid body-frame-integral structure.

When combined with the upper body and the frame that was engineered to be a single unit, it results in a structure that is stiffer and more mass-efficient. In addition, by making use of advanced steel, it ensures that the Aveo has greater tensile strength and thus enhances passenger safety. In order to offer a stable and tempered ride, the Aveo has the McPherson strut front suspension that has the stabilizer bar and coil springs, as well as the torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension.

The driver meanwhile is able to get the necessary feedback through electric power steering system (EPS) mounted on the column and the electronic stability control (ESC). Both the EPS and ESC are offered for the model with the 1.2-liter gasoline engine or the 1.3-liter turbo-diesel engine. While this support system can already be considered as sophisticated, there is also the wear compensator that helps maintain precise steering over time.

Its tight body-frame-integral structure also plays an important role in its advanced safety performance. If an accident occurs for example, the roof can hold around 4.2 times the weight of the car. It also comes with tuned sensors connected to the six airbags -- a standard in Europe. There is also the four-channel anti-lock braking system with brake assist. The driver can also trigger the cruise control that has a speed limited function.

The system takes note of the speed and once the set maximum speed is attained, an audible alarm is triggered at once. As a result of improved noise control measures, the Aveo delivers a relaxed and quiet driving experience. This is because the measures that were implemented show that damping performance is around 10-40% greater when compared to the use of applied materials and techniques in the prior model.

The external design is also expected to bring a sportiness as well as a breath of fresh air to the class. On the front portion, we see the large, dual-port grille with a bowtie positioned in the center making it clear that it is indeed a Chevrolet.

Another key element that sets the Aveo apart consists of the exposed headlamps that are clearly inspired by motorcycles. In fact, the headlamp does not have any lens cover. The headlamps are fitted in dual tubes with the chrome rings and high-gloss black bezel. Its wheel arches are now more pronounced and the assertive posture is due to the short overhangs and the 114 mm offset in the middle of the short overhangs and roof-rails.

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