The Chevrolet Aveo RS could make its way to the UK next year, Autocar has learned.
The 132bhp hot hatch is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, with transmission options including either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Chevrolet has yet to confirm a definitive sale date and price for this country, however, though it is expected to command a significant premium over the £14,055 asked for the top-spec standard Aveo.
Chevrolet has previously said that 2013 would be a likely on-sale date for the model in the UK.
First revealed at the Detroit Motor Show last year, the Aveo RS adds more muscular bodywork, including a unique grille wth new fog lights and extra air intakes, plus a new spoiler at the rear.
The car has proved popular in the US, selling around 16,000 units in its first three months.
It is understood the model has appeared on draft price lists for Chevrolet next year, although the firm says no decision has been taken.