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Chevrolet's new hot hatch

By SYF77 on 02 Jul 2011

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General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Aveo RS Concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show and a new report is indicating that the model is headed for production.

The Aveo has turned into the Sonic since then and according to GM Inside News, the hatchback will reportedly see a more aggressive body kit, a revised suspension and beefier brakes. It could be powered by a turbocharged version of Chevy’s 1.4 liter that is good for 138 hp and 200 Nm of torque. This unit is currently providing the driving force for the Opel Astra 1.4T. Expect to see a six-speed manual gearbox sending the power to the front wheels. Absence of an automatic version could limit its popularity in markets like Singapore. Sources indicate that the model will go into production in October 2012 as a 2013 model year product,

Consumers can expect the production version of the car to drop the massive 19-inch wheels in favor of 17-inch ones, but the lines of the concept model should remain largely unchanged. At the Detroit Show, the designers claimed that the Aveo RS has a European-inspired hot hatch look that's meant to appeal to young enthusiasts.

Among other strategies to capture the hearts of younger buyers, the concept offers many personalization options that should be available on the production Sonic. Cool features of the concept include the exposed head lamps and tail lamps inspired by those on motorcycles and the electric blue paint scheme. Direct competitors of the Aveo would include the VW Polo Sport, Ford Fiesta and Honda Jazz.

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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



 
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