Chevrolet’s new Aveo5 hatchback makes its public debut today at the
The new Aveo5 will also get 26/34 mpg, thanks to a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter four with 107 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque, and either a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic. A driving range of 400 miles is promised.
Available in base, LS, and LT versions, the Aveo5 arrives wearing new sheetmetal with a more sophisticated look than the previous version (the Aveo four-door sedan was renewed last year). Built in
Inside, the cabin is said to be able to carry five adults. The rear bench has theater-style seating and a 60/40 split for cargo flexibility. Better interior materials are promised, with optional woodgrain, metallic, and carbon-fiber-look trim on the options list. Storage and convenience bins are found all over the interior, and some higher-end features like cruise control, XM and a large sunroof are also offered on the new Aveo5.
In terms of running gear, the Aveo5 is strictly by-the-numbers Asian economy car: MacPherson struts, a torsion-beam rear, and a short 97.7-inch wheelbase. Fourteen-inch wheels are standard, while 15-inchers (and anti-lock brakes) are optional.
2009 Chevrolet Aveo5
Base price: $12,120
Engine: 1.6-liter in-line four, 107 hp/106 lb-ft
Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Length x width x height: 155.0 x 66.1 x 59.3 in
Wheelbase: 97.6 in
Curb weight: 2246-2557 lb
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): 24/34 mpg (automatic); 27/34 mpg (manual)
Safety equipment: Dual front and side airbags
Major standard equipment: AM/FM stereo; OnStar
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles