Chevrolet’s Aveo RS concept, which will be launched at the Detroit motor show next week, is the first look at the firm’s next Aveo supermini, as well as its first foray into the hot hatch market.
Set to reach the UK in production guise in 2011, the Detroit 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. A graphite silver and brushed aluminium engine cover has been created for the concept. No performance figures have been revealed at this stage.
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.
“This car hints at what the next Aveo will look like,” said our source. “It’s an all-new model and is designed to preview where we want to take the Aveo, including this sporty concept.”
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.
The blue features on the instrument panel, doors, steering wheel, gear knob and in the stitching of its leather seats. The interior has been designed to be functional, with the rear seats able to be folded flat and additional storage can be found in the centre stack and doors.
The car will also be sold in the US, where production will begin at GM’s Orion plant later in 2010.