Is Chevrolet preparing an Aveo hot hatch?

Named the RS and using the Sonic name (the Aveo’s name in the US), Chevrolet plans to launch the more performance-oriented version of its supermini as early as 2013.

This increases the chances of the Aveo RS arriving in UK Chevrolet dealerships possibly as a range-topping model in the new Chevrolet Aveo range.

The US version will deliver 138hp from a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine but top speed and 0-62mph times have not been revealed.

It will come with sports seats, a sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a unique interior with RS badging throughout.

It is also expected to look distinctly different from standard Aveo cars. This includes fog lamps, a lower and wider stance, new alloy wheels and a reworked front grille for what Chevrolet describes as a ‘more aggressive’ look.

The model will be heavily influenced by the Chevrolet Aveo RS concept car first revealed in 2010, according to the brand.

“The Sonic RS remains true to the progressive spirit of the concept and brings an unmistakable attitude to the segment,” said John Mack, design director for the Sonic. “From every angle and every touch point, it is a car that is unabashed in its performance statement – and one that drives Chevrolet’s performance legacy into its second century.”

A decision on whether the performance model will make it to the UK has yet to be taken by Chevrolet. The current Chevrolet Aveo was updated in 2011 and is on sale for under £10,000.

However, a hot hatch version would be expected to be priced above the current range-topping model, the Chevrolet Aveo LTZ, which is priced at £13,600 on-the-road.