Chevrolet plans sporty coupe with new concepts

The US car maker has introduced two distinctly different concept cars at the Detroit Motor Show this week as it plans a four-seat coupe to potentially rival the likes of the Vauxhall Astra GTC and the Volkswagen Scirocco.

Named the Code 130R and the Tru 130S, the two concept cars, says Chevrolet, will help the brand investigate new technology, showcase a new design direction and could even lead to a new generation Chevrolet coupe.

General Motors North America President Mark Reuss said: “These two concepts interpret that vision for a new generation. We’re seeking out our newest customers’ opinions, listening to their advice, and engaging them in new ways.”

The Code 130R is a three-door coupe with an aggressive front end, narrow headlights and a square, upright rear end in a nod to the likes of the Camaro, Chevrolet’s foremost performance car.

The second concept car, the Tru 140S, is much more of a sports car with a sloping roof towards the rear and a low, sporty profile. It is based on the Chevrolet Cruze platform – hinting a production version would be achievable in future.

Both were designed using feedback from American customers but Chevrolet is in the process of launching seven new UK models in just two years and a new coupe would not be out of the question on these shores.

More likely to arrive in the UK over the next 18 months is some of the technology displayed in the concept cars including WiFi for the cars, heads-up display and smart phone connectivity.

Chevrolet has also used a new engine for the concepts. The 1.4-litre turbocharged unit makes the most of start-stop technology, regenerative braking and improvements to efficiency to deliver a figure in the region of 40mpg while still offering 150hp.

Chevrolet has not announced if it will produce a car based on the concepts but it does hint at a future direction for the expanding company in the UK.