• Apr 4th 2007 at 12:04PM
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UPDATE: Additional shots added to the high-res
Click on the photo for a high-res gallery of the Chevy Groove Concept

Of the Chevrolet triplets unveiled at the Javits Center this morning, the Groove is the only one powered by a diesel engine, at least in principal. In reality it's nothing more than a styling exercise at this point, having no interior other than a steering wheel. With names like Groove, Beat and Trax, dancers were clearly a necessity to showcase these new cars and they were there in force.

The Groove is to be powered by a 1.0L diesel engine driving the front wheels of this "Funkistalgia" design. The platform of all three concepts is being developed at GM Daewoo in Korea. Again, if you'd like to vote for the Groove as the best of Chevy's three designs, click this link.

Check out the press release after the jump for a definition of Funkistalgia, as well as some live detail shots of the Groove in our updated gallery and video of the reveal after the jump.

You can view all the debuts and galleries from the New York Auto Show here.

[Source: General Motors]



Inspired by a "half-soldier, half-modern" military helmet, the Chevrolet Groove concept is contemporary and funky, but evokes classic Chevrolet heritage design cues like an upright windshield and prominent fender flares that give the Groove a strong, sturdy stance reminiscent of a retro hot rod.

Groove lead exterior designer Jawook Koo, of the GM Design Center in Inchon, South Korea, was seeking a mini design that was big on presence.

"I wanted to get out of the mini vehicles stereotype that is characterized by a weak, insecure and 'cute' appearance, so that consumers can feel safe just by looking at the vehicle," said Koo.

The Groove's design conveys anything but weakness. The striking matte Lunar Quartz exterior finish contrasts with the strategic use of satin silver exterior chrome details. Big, five-spoke 17-inch wheels pushed all the way to the rear give the impression of a vehicle that's much longer than it is, thanks to the short-but-pronounced hood and long, flat cabin, a design that provides for a roomy interior. Contrasting Vertigo brake calipers bring additional attention to the big wheels.

The front overhang includes open-air vents that are integrated into the front LED fog lamps, and the elongated front headlamps further "lengthen" the vehicle.

Getting this front-wheel-drive concept in the Groove is a highly efficient, 1-liter diesel engine.

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