28 February 2005

The all-new Chevrolet Matiz will retain a sub-£6k entry price when it arrives in June. The new Matiz is substantially revised, with around 80 per cent new parts. Although the body shape is familiar, it gets more sharply styled panels, squarer headlights and a more prominent lower grille.

Though it is the same size as today’s compact 3.5m Matiz, the new car is completely re-engineered, and features a stronger bodyshell, a new interior, new rear suspension, more efficient engines and revised gearing. Four airbags, power steering and three three-point rear belts will be standard.

Lotus engineers are understood to have tuned the suspension for European roads.

A choice of two engines will still be offered – a 50bhp 800cc three-cylinder and 64bhp 1.0-litre four. More efficient combustion and taller final drives have improved average fuel economy; the 800cc gives 54mpg and the 1.0-litre 50mpg.

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