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The American automaker Chevrolet is taking a few cues from their European compacts with the all new Aveo RS that will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Looking like something about to turn into an autobot, the very special sport compact gives the bowtie’s smallest offering a high performance kick in the pants.

Painted in Boracay Blue, the Aveo RS if full of global GM design cues like a dual element front grill, round tail lamps and flared fenders; but at the same time adding aggression with a low hanging big mouth front bumper an fog lights pushed to either side of the fascia. The rest of the exterior is highlighted by a set of 19 inch five spoke rims finished in gun metal metallic finish. Out back the integrated hatch spoiler continues the roof lines, the rear clusters are filled with LEDs and a a center mounted twin tip exhaust finishes off the sporty compact.

The interior of the Aveo RS offers a whole new look at the way instruments are laid out with the lage round tachometer off to the left with a large multifunction display next to it on the right. The rest of the inside is dressed up with a combination of matte and gloss black trim pieces as well as matching blue stiching on the leather wrapped pieces. Under the hood Chevrolet has placed the same engine found in the current Cruze, a 1.4 Liter four cylinder turbocharged Ecotec motor making 138 HP mated to a slick shifting six speed manual transmission. Chevy claims that this is a nod at future Aveos and with an sportier version of Ford’s Fiesta coming in a year or two, youth inspire fun designs like these might just be what GM needs to get back on top.

Updated 12/01/10: Chevrolet today unveiled the Aveo RS at the Detroit Auto Show. Check out the presentation video!

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Chevrolet today announced the world debut of the Aveo RS show car at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. It features a European-inspired hot hatch look designed to appeal to young enthusiasts, and hints at the next-generation Aveo.

Longer, wider and more spacious than the current production Aveo, the Aveo RS showcases the car’s upscale-looking design cues both inside and out, and presents the many personalization options potentially available on the next-generation car.

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“We hope the Aveo RS show car will demonstrate that we are as serious about redefining the Aveo and its place in the small-car segment as we were about reinventing the Malibu,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet general manager.

First impressions

The Aveo RS show car, finished in electric Boracay Blue, wears global Chevrolet design cues such as the dual element grille, round taillamps and fender flares, but designers turned up the attitude on the show car with low openings and a lower mouth trimmed in a combination of brushed and polished aluminum. Outboard fog lamps are integrated into an exaggerated brake-cooling inlet that flows into the front fender flares, creating an aggressive-looking face.

Exposed headlamps, with their brushed aluminum structural surround, are inspired by the designers’ affection for motorcycles. The sleek side profile is characterized by uninterrupted body side lines, a high beltline and low roofline. The side mirrors with amber-colored turn signal indicators carry the same shape as the car and seemingly disappear into the profile. At first glance, the car actually looks like a three-door hatch because the rear door handles are discreetly located in the “C”-pillar area.

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“The Aveo RS show car demonstrates how progressive design can inject personality into a small car,” said Michael Simcoe, executive director, North American Exterior Design. “We want customers to see it and have an emotional reaction to it.” 

No performance-minded car earns its street cred without large wheels and tires. The Aveo RS show car’s wheels are 19-inch, five-spoke with a gun metal metallic finish Chevrolet logo. The wheel openings reveal large Boracay Blue brake calipers.

The rear of the show car continues the sport theme, with an integrated spoiler that flows from the roof, a center-mounted exhaust and chrome exhaust tips. The exposed motorcycle-inspired rear taillamps feature tinted aluminum housings and a discreet Bowtie logo.

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Spacious and stylish interior

With its matte black interior highlighted by gloss black, metallic and blue accents, the Aveo RS show car reflects as much attention to detail as the exterior. The Boracay Blue theme continues inside, with accent stitching across the dual cockpit instrument panel, front and rear door insert, steering wheel rim, gear shift boot, parking brake, leather seat bolster and even the floor mats. The integrated center stack holds the gearshift, HVAC controls and the sound system, including a USB port. Ice-blue backlighting on the audio display, telltale indicator screen and knobs augments the blue stitching.

The motorcycle inspiration also carries inside, with a round, analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout also trimmed in milled metal with round cutouts; and round, aluminum-trimmed side vents.

The interior is as functional as it is stylish, with storage compartments in the center stack and doors. The rear seats fold flat for carrying larger items.

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Efficient performer

The Aveo RS show car is powered by the same highly efficient 138-horsepower (103 kW) 1.4L I-4 Ecotec turbocharged engine that will be available in the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze.

A six-speed manual transmission is designed to ensure the car will provide a spirited driving experience.

For the show car, designers created a special engine cover in graphite silver with a brushed aluminum insert. The coolant and power steering fluid fill caps are rimmed in ice blue, and the honeycomb vents flanking the center of the cover are matte-finished in shadow chrome and designed to match the wheel color.

Chevrolet has previously announced the new Aveo will be built at Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Mich., in 2011, a move that will restore 1,200 jobs to Southeast Michigan. Timing for retooling Orion Assembly for Aveo production is anticipated to begin in late 2010. 

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  (701) posted on 03.1.2010

@ carlos_bullock - how can you say that it’s a lumpish car? Aveo RS is one hell of a performer, well 138 HP is very reasonable to a 1.4L, very efficient in fuel and faster than it’s competitors. plus it’s head lamps are very modern and Round LED are very rare to see it in package with a car.

  (477) posted on 02.24.2010

Oh please! Spare me with this not so good looking sight. What a lumpish car.

  (806) posted on 02.15.2010

@Pepe_Smith: Honda Jazz yes! It’s more on the Honda Jazz than KIA Picanto. I think most of the SUV’s were created differently in terms of their features and performance.

  (806) posted on 02.15.2010

this car looks more like in a SUV car family. But the car really looks good compared to other cars of Chevy. The grills stands-out.

  (567) posted on 01.21.2010

It looks like honda jazz and more on KIA Picanto. I think most of these model have the same features and performance.

  (807) posted on 01.20.2010

The front lights is its best asset. The color is good enough. And the interior of the car looks classic even if they are saying it is modern. But overall, thumbs up for the Aveo RS.

  (797) posted on 01.17.2010

I prefer turbos but both types of forced induction are awesome to the ears. That being said, I’m saddened by this news because a factory twin turbo set up on that engine would have been epic and I don’t even like Mustangs.

  (567) posted on 01.13.2010

This new hatchback of Chevy may slammed by the Volkwagen Golf and seriously I think you can do something that can amaze us like the Camaro and Corvette. I think for all the cars that Chevy built, this one is the shame hall of fame among all that. Although I must say, the style is really good but for the performance, it .

  (567) posted on 01.12.2010

What’s interesting on this Aveo RS is the stylish headlights but all in all, it’s not enough to upset the Subaru WRX STI and the Ford Focus RS that’s in the top level for a hatchback car. Well it needs a lot of improvement especially on the performance.

  (708) posted on 01.12.2010

Looks interesting for Aveo, but it’s just a concept. I guess in the final version it wont have those rims, painted breaks or those lights, even that bodykit. And the price?

  (515) posted on 01.10.2010

Cool Headlamps, i really love seeing a round headlight specially color blue, like the BMW headlamps. and good thing it came in to manual tranny.

TJKEON  (138) posted on 01.8.2010

That thing looks pretty sweet

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