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The Chevy Aveo has never been a car to set one's heart racing, but the restyled 2007 edition in sedan form is a decent-looking economy car with a visually appealing interior. Here in the US, the Aveo5 hatchback retained its old looks, which were nothing special, and we all assumed that at some point it would take on the same freshened appearance of the sedan.

Well, we were wrong. Chevy will introduce a revised Aveo 5-door next month in Frankfurt for the European market, but those looking for a hatchback version of the sedan that all markets share will be disappointed. And possibly even frightened. That's because the Aveo hatchback's new face has taken the Chevy split-grille to the extreme, adopting an oversized, angry maw bissected by a substantial Bowtie-adorned crossbar. The upturned headlights augment the angry look, but all that visual aggression backed only by a pair of docile four-bangers putting out 84 hp (1.2L ) or 98 hp (1.4L). The Aveo even gets a trendy side extractor vent on the front fender, leading us to believe that it's probably time to put that styling cue to bed. On the upside, Aveo now has something in common with Cadillac.

GM also says the hatchback sports a new interior, but has not yet released photos. We're guessing it's the same one found in the sedan. The European models will launch in March of next year. Will the new Aveo 5-door come to the U.S.? We certainly hope not looking like that.

[Source: GM]

Striking exterior and high-class interior
New Chevrolet Aveo celebrates its world premiere in Frankfurt
  • Launch in Europe as of March 2008
  • Two petrol engines with 84 or 98 hp; manual or automatic transmission
Zurich. Chevrolet Europe will present the Kalos' successor at the Frankfurt Motor Show (13 to 23 September 2007). The most significant features of this completely reworked model are its striking exterior, its high-class interior and a new, even more efficient petrol engine. Like its notchback stable mate, the new hatchback model will now bear the Aveo name throughout Europe. Sales will start in March 2008.

The Aveo hatchback sports Chevrolet's new design features, as characterised by the big horizontally split radiator grille with a body-coloured crossbeam and the brand logo sitting prominently in the center. The dynamic detailing includes large, curved, clear-glass headlamps and fog lamps that project like spotlights from the lower part of the bumper. In profile, the body's prominent shoulder lines catch the eye, while the back of the car is dominated by the solid bumper and the round tail lamps in a clear-glass housing.

There is a choice of two petrol engines: a new 1.2-litre unit with an output of 84 hp, and the existing 1.4-litre engine, which now develops 98 hp and is available with automatic transmission.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      So that's what happens if you feed a guppy steroids.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am driving a Chevy Aveo while I wait for my new GMC pick-up, and much to my surprise, it's not a bad little car at all. Fairly peppy, I would not have believed it had only 98hp, and very quiet, runs as smooth as a singer sewing machine. If I was looking for something to run to the store or market, around town, that gets good mileage(the one I'm driving 37mpg) and is cheap, I would buy an aveo.

      I'm impressed, all the bad press is just that, bad press form people that are totally clueless of what this little car actually can do. Yes I would buy one in a heartbeat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, this car looks SOOO much better then the current version. I don't get why Alex Nunez wouldn't want to see it come to the US like it is. Dude seriously? I know it's not perfect but come on it's more original then the Cobalt or a bunch of other small GM cars. I'd seriously consider buying it. Although it's got to have a manual tranny.

        • 7 Years Ago
        fm, I'm not at all against it coming to the US, where hatchbacks are few and far between. (As if any of us has influence on this, anyway.) I just greatly prefer the look of the sedan front end, which is quite nicely done, to the cartoonish, overstyled look of the hatch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not shabby.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Compared to other inexpesive rides, this looks cool. I like the front end, too. Would you really rather drive some ugly-a$$ed Yaris? I wouldn't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Because they're cheaper?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hope it will have an updated engine. The Daewoo sourced four is low on power and doesn't get very good gas mileage for such small displacement.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I get 36MPG in mixed driving with A/C on, and it's an auto, so don't tell me it doesn't get good mileage.

        I said mixed, but at least 75% is city, I'm pretty satisfied since that's just a liter more per 100KM than a Yaris, and a comparably equipped Yaris costs a ton more here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Advanced hideousity.l
      • 7 Years Ago
      Old news. We already knew it was just getting a restyled front clip and some new tail lights. It's not a total redo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And unless they address the anemic engine and its tendency for unfrugalness, I don't give a rip about the new Aveo.

      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Will the new Aveo 5-door come to the U.S.? We certainly hope not looking like that."

      Why not? To me it looks a hell of a lot better than the current aveo5 hatch that we have in the U.S.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder why they didn't upgrade the door handles to the new pull out handle type? They look so much better then those kind (and they are safer/better to grip)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Door handles that doesn't stick out of the doors, bring smoother sidelines and provide better aerodynamics. There's also less possibility to rub the handles of a parked pickup or SUV while parking in reverse in those underground garages.
        Bulgy plastic handles (not color coded, as featured in Dodge's new line) are something that I as an European don't approve, either regarding aesthetics or practicality.
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