The Chevrolet Aveo RS concept car is being displayed at the Geneva motor show.
Originally revealed at the Detroit motor show last month, and set to reach the UK in production guise in 2011, the Aveo concept is longer, wider and more spacious than the current generation car.
Chevrolet has given the show car a hot hatch makeover and a source told Autocar that a performance version was likely to be offered in the Aveo line up when it goes on sale in the UK early next year.
Powering the front-wheel drive Aveo RS is a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, which puts out 136bhp and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. No performance figures have been revealed.
Styling wise, the five-door Aveo RS gets the dual front grille from the recently launched Cruze and Spark models and show car features include exaggerated bumpers, fog lights, a lower stance and brushed and polished aluminium headlight and grille surrounds. The high beltline and low roofline contribute to the Aveo RS’s sporty stance.
Hidden away in its C-pillars are its rear door handles, while at the rear it gets a centre-mounted chrome-tipped exhaust, a roof spoiler and motorcycle-inspired rear lights. Completing the Aveo RS’s sporty exterior are large 19-inch alloy wheels, in a gun metal metallic finish.
Inside, the striking Boracay Blue theme from the outside continues, while design cues from the Vauxhall Insignia and Astra, as well as the Cruze are also evident. This is mainly evident in its wraparound-stlye interior, while the fascia, steering wheel and seats have all been seen in the more premium General Motors offerings before.
Chevrolet has also confirmed it will launch five more new models in Europe during 2011.
The first of these will be an all-new family car/crossover that's based on the company's Orlando concept car.
Details of the other new models will be released later in the year.