Chevy Aveo RS Concept, Detroit 2010

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Chevy Aveo RS Concept front angle view

Yesterday, a leak of the Chevrolet Aveo RS Concept found its way on the internet. Today, we get the real deal. GM released official details and images on the new high-end subcompact, which will debut on Monday at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. It will go up against the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris. Chevy is clearly out to change the Aveo’s poor image, and we are pleased at what we see so far.

Moving away the blandness that is the current Aveo, the RS concept features a bolder, more attractive design theme. The exaggerated yet stylish grill is especially noteworthy. The new model will be longer, wider and more spacious than the current model. The interior, which is inspired by Chevy Cruz’s interior, will have a more upscale look thanks in part to actual leather stitching on the dash.

Powering the Aveo RS concept is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, the same one that will be available in the Chevy Cruze. It is mated to six-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.

The Aveo RS Concept is only a concept. The normal Aveo will undoubtedly be less aggressive both on the inside and out. But there is still a chance that it will get a high-end RS version strongly inspired by the concept. Production will begin in 2011 at GM’s Orion Assembly plant and will restore 1,200 jobs in Southeast Michigan.