Chevy in Europe: the Epica
8 February 2006

Chevrolet is increasing its European presence by launching the Epica at Geneva - it will be on UK sale later this year. A 2.0-litre straight six petrol will soon be joined in the range by a 2.0-litre common rail diesel.

That it will be cheap comes as no surprise, but Chevy is promising new interior quality standards. Although Chevy claim it as their first mid-size model to brave the European market, the Epica is a fairly substantial 4,805mm long (a Lexus IS is 4,575mm).

Front-wheel drive and with either a five-speed manual or a new five-speed automatic gearbox, the Epica will be available with a 2.0-litre petrol straight six engine (with 140bhp) at launch. A 2.0-litre common rail diesel with 147bhp will come later. Both are transverse installations, Chevy claiming the petrol to be the shortest six cylinder unit available worldwide.

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