Chevrolet will debut the Aveo RS “show car” at the 2010 North American International Auto Show next week.
The diminutive B-car is actually a preview of the next generation of Aveo models from GM’s best selling brand. It also signals the inclusion of a performance hatchback in the line next year, in addition to the current Aveo5 LS model.
The existing Aveo four-door hatch is currently priced at $13-16,000, including a whopping $750 freight charge, and before a $1500 rebate, which means Chevy will try to price a RS version in the high teens.
Aveo RS travels the well worn “hot hatch road” in an attempt to attract youngish, mostly male enthusiasts.
Powered comes via a 138-horsepower (103 kW) 1.4-liter I4 “Ecotec” turbocharged engine, linked to a six-speed manual transaxle.
Consistent with the history of most, if not all small cars, in the U.S. market, the next-generation Aveo becomes bigger, as in longer and wider, than the current production Aveo.
The Aveo RS might be dubbed a show car, but it is actually very close to a real production deal that will be built in Michigan starting about one year from now. (more…)