General Motors’ new European budget brand Chevrolet is consolidating its strong early performance since replacing the Daewoo marque with a gaggle of new model releases beginning at the end of the year.
At the Frankfurt motor show Chevrolet will display the booted version of the Kalos (pictured right in autocar.co.uk’s spy shot). While the new car itself – badged Aveo – will be of little interest to UK buyers as it will not be going on sale here, its new look previews that of the facelifted Kalos hatch due late next year and also likely to wear the Aveo name in Chevrolet’s move for more Euro-friendly badging. Major change for the Kalos replacement will be its new 85bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine, due in 2007.
But key for Chevrolet’s future will be its two big launches of 2006: its first SUV and its first diesel engine. The production version of the S3X off-roader is likely to be one of the stars of the Brussels motor show; it is expected to differ little from the concept car apart from conventional lights in place of the concept’s LED items and a new Euro-friendly name. It will come in both two- and four-wheel drive versions, with seven seats to the supposedly more upmarket Vauxhall/Opel version’s five.