Chevrolet working on a baby SUV based on Aveo

Article by Christian A., on October 25, 2010

According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Chevrolet is determined to enter the baby SUV and will build a new five-seater based on the 2011 Aveo, which was recently unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The car is being designed and engineered in Korea by GM Dat and will make its debut by 2012.

Still, the designs of the car have yet to be finalized, but according to some GM execs that have seen the clay model of the car at the Korean research and development centre, the vehicle uses a stretched Aveo platform and will be offered in both four wheel drive and front-drive guises.

As expected, the design will borrow the same philosophy as the new-generation Chevrolet models, while the interior design will follow the dual cockpit design seen on the 2011 Cruze. Some interior details will be borrowed from the Opel Astra and Insignia.

Opel will also built its version of the SUV, but don’t expect to borrow the same design lines seen on the upcoming Aveo-based baby SUV. Furthermore, Chevrolet is also working on a sedan version of the Aveo, which will be introduced in January, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Chevrolet officially unveiled the production version of the 2011 Aveo at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The new Aveo will be joining the Orlando MPV and Cruze Hatchback. Representing the production version of the Aveo RS Concept revealed in January at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the 2011 Aveo is longer and wider than the current model, allowing it to become one of the leaders in its class in terms of interior space and cargo volume.

In terms of appearance, the new 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is marked by exposed twin-headlamps and dual port grille, a rising shoulder line and short rear overhangs, as well as 'hidden' rear door handles. Inside, the new Aveo comes with a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer, a digital speedometer and warning lights. The center console of the new Aveo boasts of up-market blue backlighting features.

In Europe, the new 2011 Chevrolet Aveo will available with a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that employ the latest technologies such as double continuous variable cam phasing and variable valve timing, as well as common rail fuel injection for the diesel units.

The gasoline engines for the new 2011 Chevrolet Aveo include two 1.2-liter mills with power outputs of at 70 hp and at 86 hp, a 1.4-liter unit that delivers 100 hp as well as a 1.6 liter engine that provides 115 hp. In addition, the new 2011 Aveo will be offered with two versions of a 1.3 liter diesel engine: one delivering 75 hp and the other providing 95 hp. These mills feature Start/Stop technology.

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