Today, Chevrolet’s general manager Ed Peper has officially launched the 2007 Chevy Aveo compact sedan to be offered to the U.S. market. First introduced some four years ago at Auto Shanghai 2005 motor show, the Aveo has been finally given a comprehensive facelift with new head lights, new bumper, hood and front wings giving the car more aggressive, upmarket look. Together, the changes will make it easier for the new car to fight its way to consumers’ hearts through the ranks of such serious competitors as the Toyota Yaris and Hyundai Accent.
The refreshed Chevy Aveo features a European design, reminiscent of the latest VW and Audi models, lots of options and quite an attractive price tag.
The new Aveo, will be offered in two versions:
the pretty basic LS, which will cost you $12,395; and
the more advanced LT, which is $1,600 more expensive.
Both versions are powered by the same 1.6-liter 16-valve E-TEC II DOHC L-4 engine, producing 103 hp @ 5,800 and 107 lb-ft (145 Nm) of torque, reached at 3,600 rpm.
The engine may be mated with either five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox, featuring respectively 27/37 or 26/34 mpg in city/highway driving cycles.
The main differences are in the list of standard and optional equipment.
For example, the Aveo LT comes with standard dual, body-colored foldaway power mirrors, 15-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control and remote keyless entry, as well as AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player and six-speaker premium sound system.
The LT is much more basic, though.
The main problem of this car is that, being longer than its aforementioned Japanese and Korean competitors, the Aveo still offers considerably shorter wheelbase of just 97.6 inches, which is 2.8 in and 0.8 in shorter than that of Yaris and Accent respectively. This basically results in smaller front (-0.9 in Yaris and -1.5 in Accent) and rear (0.2 in Yaris) legroom.
The 2007 Chevy Aveo is also not particularly impressive when it comes to fuel economy, especially in the city cycle. Traveling estimated 27 miles on a gallon, it falls short of Yaris’ 34 mpg and Accents 28 mpg. The reason may be the car’s extra weight: while the Japanese and Korean vehicles weigh around 2321 and 2403 lbs. respectively, the Aveo hatchback with an automatic gearbox tips the scales at a less encouraging 2531 lbs.