Chevrolet Aveo saloon set for European debut

The Aveo saloon is designed to appeal to an older buyer than the sporty hatchback, but continues the aggressive front end styling with twin headlamps. However, the profile and rear end is more in keeping with the Cruze saloon.

Chevrolet says the new four-door saloon is for a ‘more mature’ buyer and families looking for more space and practicality.

Chevrolet is also keen to highlight the better quality and value for money the brand now offers in many of its updated cars.

“The new Aveo represents another important step forward for us in every respect: design, handling, quality and space,” said Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of
Chevrolet Europe. "We’d love to see it emulate the Cruze in terms of sales success."

On top of the new styling features, the Aveo is also longer and wider than the current generation and features a revamped interior including a motorcycle-inspired instrument panel first seen in the small Spark city car.

The Chevrolet Aveo saloon will be available with four petrol engines ranging from 1.2- to 1.6-litre units and two versions of the 1.3-litre diesel engine delivering 75hp and 95hp.

The new Chevrolet Aveo saloon will go on sale alongside the hatchback variant in summer 2011 in the UK and prices will be announces closer to the launch date.

It will not be the only new car from the Chevrolet garage in 2011. The US-based car maker plans to introduce an Orlando MPV, an updated Cruze saloon and Captiva SUV in 2011.

The Chevrolet Camaro muscle car will arrive in 2012 for the first time in right-hand drive. Previously, the iconic car was only available as a left-hand drive import for UK buyers.