Chevrolet has announced the world debut of the Aveo RS show car at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. It features a European-inspired hot hatch look designed to appeal to young enthusiasts, and hints at the next-generation Aveo.
Longer, wider and more spacious than the current production Aveo, the Aveo RS showcases the car’s upscale-looking design cues both inside and out, and presents the many personalization options potentially available on the next-generation car.
The car is powered by a 1.4-liter, 138-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated with six speed manual gearbox.
The look was pumped up by GM designers with low openings and a lower mouth trimmed in a combination of brushed and polished aluminum.
Outboard fog lamps are integrated into an exaggerated brake-cooling inlet that flows into the front fender flares, creating an aggressive-looking face.
Exposed headlamps, with their brushed aluminum structural surround, are inspired by the designers’ affection for motorcycles.
The side mirrors with amber-colored turn signal indicators carry the same shape as the car and seemingly disappear into the profile.
At first glance, the car actually looks like a three-door hatch because the rear door handles are discreetly located in the “C”-pillar area.
“The Aveo RS show car demonstrates how progressive design can inject personality into a small car,” said Michael Simcoe, executive director, North American Exterior Design. “We want customers to see it and have an emotional reaction to it.”
The Aveo RS show car’s wheels are 19-inch, five-spoke with a gun metal metallic finish Chevrolet logo. The wheel openings reveal large Boracay Blue brake calipers.
The rear of the show car continues the sport theme, with an integrated spoiler that flows from the roof, a center-mounted exhaust and chrome exhaust tips. The exposed motorcycle-inspired rear taillamps feature tinted aluminum housings and a discreet Bowtie logo.
The Boracay Blue theme continues inside, with accent stitching across the dual cockpit instrument panel, front and rear door insert, steering wheel rim, gear shift boot, parking brake, leather seat bolster and even the floor mats.
The integrated center stack holds the gearshift, HVAC controls and the sound system, including a USB port. Ice-blue backlighting on the audio display, telltale indicator screen and knobs augments the blue stitching.
The motorcycle inspiration also carries inside, with a round, analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout also trimmed in milled metal with round cutouts; and round, aluminum-trimmed side vents.
The Aveo RS show car is powered by the same 138-horsepower (103 kW) 1.4L I-4 Ecotec turbocharged engine that will be available in the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze, coupled with a six-speed manual transmission.
For the show car, designers created a special engine cover in graphite silver with a brushed aluminum insert.
The coolant and power steering fluid fill caps are rimmed in ice blue, and the honeycomb vents flanking the center of the cover are matte-finished in shadow chrome and designed to match the wheel color.
Chevrolet Aveo RS show car – Preliminary Specifications
- Body style / driveline: five-door, five-passenger front-engine transaxle, front-wheel drive subcompact car
- Engine: 1.4L turbocharged DOHC I-4 with VVT (138 hp / 103 kW – est.)
- Transmission: M32 six-speed manual
- Wheels: 19-inch