Chevrolet Cobalt Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Cobalt lives. Well, not here in the United States, where the Chevrolet Cruze has thankfully banished all memories of GM's last uncompetitive compact, but at least in Argentina. Alongside the Colorado Rally Concept, Chevrolet is displaying the Cobalt Concept you see here at the Buenos Aires International Motor Show.

We're pretty sure this new Cobalt is a Cobalt in name only, as it doesn't appear to share anything with the previous model that is no longer in production and, though no dimensional details are provided, seems smaller than the Delta platform used by its erstwhile namesake. Perhaps it uses the Gamma architecture used by the new Sonic and global Aveo?

In any case, this Cobalt, though officially a concept, seems destined for production in South America and possibly other emerging markets around the world. The automaker says it will offer a range of engines from 1.3 to 1.8 liters that will run on either ethanol, gasoline or diesel.

As far as the styling goes, we can see the current Chevrolet design language front and center, with a two-tier grille up front flanked by sweeping headlamps. The flanks are highlighted by downward-pointing swage lines front and rear. Out back, LED lights punctuate some questionably large, chrome-surrounded lamps.

Inside, this Cobalt Concept is impressively finished with leather seating surfaces and door panels. A unique woodgrain accent highlights the steering wheel. LED lighting in a soft blue is a welcome touch, as is the in-dash navigation system and twin seven-inch LCD screens in the headrests, which we doubt would make it into production.

Check out our high-res image gallery for all the pics.


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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does GM like to kill off successful nameplates so often? Ford and Chrysler have done it a lot over the years as well. I can't help but wonder if that hurts their sales. It makes it hard to be loyal when they keep changing things up. You look at two of the more successful import brands over the last 30+ years, and they have kept the same names while experiencing continued success. The Accord, Civic, Camry, and Corolla have been around since at the least the 70s.
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        They don't keep the nameplate because the car ut was associated with was not successful. So when a drastically new product comes about, might as well change the name so people could forget about the car that gave such a poor reputation. Proof in point, look at the sales numbers of the Cobalt and Cruze.
      autopunkski
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a rebadged Suzuki Kizashi.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      sorry gm fan BUT ...gm from brasil came out whit 80% of faliures...and I know about it couse I live in South America ....even more...the 20 years old Tsuru-Sentra B13 its MUCH better than a new chevy car
      blue
      • 3 Years Ago
      So I'm not the only one who noticed some resemblance to lateral sides of the 300...
      Cody Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      The profile reminds me a lot of the first generation Chrysler 300. Almost like a miniature version.
      thecool513
      • 3 Years Ago
      Soooo....a Sentra.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow..it's 2011 and just look at that steering wheel...
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Janko Radas
      • 3 Years Ago
      best looking car i ever saw, it s pure song of perfection, just how i like, conservative and modern
      Timotheus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy Corolla! Oh, wait... Nice headlights, foglights and rear turn signals. Nice to see LEDs being used for turn signals. Will it make production?
      Billy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just a reskined SUZUKI Kizashi , look very closey at both models and you can tell. first both cars have the same hood ( look at the lines how both sloop over the front fender and both cut into th front window pillar, both have the same cut line on the front bumper, both have very similar sized head lamps and both dash boards have vents in the same locations. IF THIS IS NOT A CLONE then MJ was not black.
      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the front end and dashboard of the Sonic had been more like this, that would have been a good step forward.
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