The Chevrolet Beat has been paraded around the last several auto shows as the forerunner to the production Spark hatchback, which was first revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show back in March. The new Spark is to sit just below the Aveo as Chevy’s smallest car, but in the past couple of months, spy photos of a Spark-styled but slightly larger vehicle have been captured as it underwent testing in Europe.
Now, for the first time, this new vehicle has been spotted testing in the U.S., which suggests that it is actually a prototype for the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo.
The prototype definitely shares traits with the Spark, possibly reflecting a next-generation styling direction for Chevrolet's small cars. The stacked double-circle tail lights, rear hatch/spoiler area and sloping roof line are all very similar between the two.
Character lines along the side of the car in the spy shots are different from the Spark, however, indicating its size difference and possibly helping to differentiate the two stylistically. The headlights are also different, with two side-by-side circular lamps instead of the Spark's giant tear-drop shaped unit.
Underneath the sheet metal is GM’s Global Gamma II chassis, which is capable of spawning sedan, plus three- and five-door body styles.
The new Aveo is expected to go on sale in January 2011, with production taking place at GM's Orion Township plant. Follow the jump to see the spy shots in full.