Chevrolet will enter the baby SUV market with an Aveo-based five seater, spied in testing here for the first time.
Although designs have yet to be finalised, the new car is being designed and engineered by GM Dat in Korea and could launch as early as 2012.
At a sneak preview of the clay model of the car last year at the Korean R&D centre, GM execs confirmed to Autocar that it will be built on a slightly stretched Aveo platform and could be offered in both four-wheel drive and front-drive guises.
GM Dat design director Taewon Kim confirmed that it will have the same family look as the new generation Chevy models, but that pains were being taken to vastly increase interior quality over the Aveo.
There will also be more attention paid to colour and trim than current Chevy models, but the new SUV will also carry over the company’s trademark ‘dual cockpit’ design, seen on the Cruze small saloon.