Chevrolet could make a hot-hatch version of new Aveo


Chevrolet has revealed the production version of the second generation of the Aveo supermini which is due to make its full debut at the Paris motor show.

The final model is a slightly pared down version of the Aveo RS concept that the company unveiled at Geneva and Detroit earlier this year, but a spokesman has confirmed that a more extreme hot-hatch version may be on the cards, saying "We are doing a lot of stuff we haven't done before."

The car features what Chevrolet calls a 'body in, wheels out' profile that will send a shiver down the spine of anyone who has ever caught a wheel on a kerb while parking in town, but we doubt many will be sold with the 18-inch alloy wheels featured in the official pictures.

Most of the official details will come out at the Paris show, but Chevrolet has already announced that there will be a choice of four engines, a 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol, and a diesel joins the line-up for the first time - a 1.3-litre with two power outputs.

As well as the exterior redesign, the inside gets a 'motorcycle-inspired' instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer and a digital speedo, and an audio system that offers both Bluetooth and USB and aux connectivity.

The company claims the car has been engineered to provide a more involving and enjoyable drive – something we will test closer to its autumn 2011 launch.

The Aveo RS that appeared at the Geneva and Detroit shows: