Chevrolet will be showcasing a host of new convenience and safety enhancements to its line-up at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Among the design highlights is the new Spark Bubble edition, which will induce even more customers to become fans of Chevrolet’s most popular model in Europe.
"We constantly strive to give our customers great value for their money," said Dr. Thomas Sedran, President and Managing Director, Chevrolet Europe. "This year, we are adding the new Chevrolet MyLink connected radios, more safety and comfort features as well as new engines with lower emissions, such as the 1.7L diesel with 99 g of CO2 per km in the Chevrolet Cruze," Sedran added.
Spark Bubble edition delivers more convenience and great looks
In select European markets, customers can order the new Spark Bubble, a special edition of the popular city car. It carries a sporty bumper, side rocker moldings, 15-inch white painted alloy wheels as well as frisky white or pink-colored Bubble decals on the front fenders. The center console and inserts have been styled to match the cheerful color pattern on the exterior. The seats are made of leatherette.
Moreover, Chevrolet's most successful European model will provide improved safety, thanks to standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and meet Euro5+ emission criteria.
Inside, the instrument cluster and trims have been restyled. A new radio with Bluetooth connectivity is standard on most trim levels. The interior also features a CD player as well as USB and aux-in jacks. For audio streaming and hands-free calling, steering wheel controls can be used.
Chevrolet Aveo receives rearview camera
Customers who intend to buy an Aveo with the Chevrolet MyLink connected radio can look forward to using a standard rearview camera. The device is connected to the radio's seven-inch high resolution touch screen and makes maneuvering in and out of tight parking spaces safer and more comfortable.
Higher trims of the Chevrolet Aveo will have stylish LED turn signals mounted in the outside mirrors.
Cruze gets second MyLink radio, more powertrain options and new safety feature
With the new model year, the Cruze will be available with two different MyLink radios, both capable of seamlessly integrating smartphone content. In addition to the existing Chevrolet MyLink connected radio, a new MyLink system with an icon-based display menu will be offered on higher trims.
It provides an integrated navigation system, CD player, voice recognition and text-to-speech capability. Both radios can be updated once new system software and apps become available.
Starting this autumn, a choice of four gasoline engines will be available on all body styles of the Cruze – a naturally aspirated 1.4L (100 hp/75 kW), a 1.4L turbo (140 hp/103 kW), a 1.6L (117 hp/86 kW) and a 1.8L (141 hp/104 kW) engine. The diesel line-up, currently consisting of a 1.7L (130 hp/ 96kW) and a 2.0L (163 hp/120 kW) unit, will be complemented by a 110 hp (81 kW) variant of the1.7L diesel. The latter has the smallest carbon footprint – just 99 g of CO2 per km – of all engines offered on the Cruze.
On higher trims of the Cruze family, Chevrolet is introducing Side Bind Zone Alert, a safety feature spots approaching vehicles in the side blind zone by means of radar. In potentially hazardous situations, the driver is alerted through an amber display that lights up in the left or right side mirror. The display will flash if the driver attempts to activate a turn signal while an object is present in the side blind zone. The outside rearview mirrors will sport integrated LED turn signals.
Chevrolet Orlando boasts Advanced Parking Aid
With the new model year, Orlando will be available with Side Blind Spot Alert. The system has ultrasonic sensors that detect approaching vehicles in the blind spot and warns the driver through an illuminated icon in the outside rearview mirrors.
In addition, the Orlando will make parking in cities more convenient, thanks to the Advanced Parking Aid functionality offered on higher trim levels. The driving aid identifies suitable parallel parking slots at low speeds and gives the driver instructions on how to steer the vehicle.
Seamless smartphone integration will be possible with the new, icon-based Chevrolet MyLink connected radio with its seven-inch high-resolution full-color touch screen. The new radio will be standard, and depending on the trim level, the package may include a rearview camera and an integrated navigation system.
Passengers in the rear seats, meanwhile, will appreciate the second row seat heating that is available on select trim levels.
Changes to the exterior include LED turn signals in the outside rearview mirrors as well as new 16-inch wheel covers and 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood, the Orlando's proven 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine can be now matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Diesel-powered Malibu is more efficient
Chevrolet dealerships across Europe have started offering the upgraded version of the 2.0L diesel-powered Malibu. The manual transmission variant has standard Start/Stop has a reduced fuel consumption of 4.7L/100 km on a combined cycle. CO2 emissions are 125 g per km. Further enhancements include a rear view camera on upper trims as well as an emergency stop signal that is activated on all variants during emergency braking.
Trax now available with FWD variant of 1.4L Turbo engine
The turbocharged gasoline variant (1.4L) of Chevrolet's small SUV, the Trax, will become available with a front-wheel-drive layout as of this autumn. When matched to a six-speed manual transmission, this variant of the Trax is capable of zero to 100 acceleration in 9.5 seconds. Fuel consumption on a combined cycle is 6.0L/100 km with Start/Stop, which translates into 139 g of CO2 per km. An automatic gearbox is also available for this powertrain option.