Chevy Aveo RS Concept at Detroit Auto Show Hints at 2011 Aveo

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Some mornings you just return to the world and you realize that you don't quite recognize it anymore. Everything is topsy-turvy and the words and images you once understood are little more than mumbo-jumbo. Is it really true? Is the 2011 Chevy Aveo going to be...cool? Well, from the looks of the Aveo RS concept that is being bandied about at the Detroit Auto Show I wager that the answer is a definitive yes.

In spite of a digital speedometer that just looks totally out of place the interior is quite a stylish revelation as well. I am personally not a huge fan of polished black piano trim because I think it shows fingerprints too easily but if Kia got away with it in the Forte I suppose Chevy can use it in the Aveo (the dashboard is pretty well covered in the stuff). Other than those two qualms, however, this looks like the subcompact interior that is going to give the Ford Fiesta engineers serious night sweats.

But it is really the exterior styling that sets this Aveo RS apart from the current generation Aveo5 model. Featuring a front end seemingly ripped from a Mitsubishi Evo (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery), the Aveo features taut haunches, neatly arched headlights that make the car seem to sneer and tail-lights that are stylized yet not overly so. Has the Aveo finally turned...naughty? Shockingly, the Aveo also now looks like it should be a blast to drive.

The question left to answer is will it be a blast to drive? Despite featuring a manual shifter that looked perfectly formed for human hands (about time Chevy) who knows if it will be Honda-smooth or like stirring porridge? Who knows if the engine will scream for more revs or be as coarse sounding as the 30 year old pull-start electric generator you have at your lake house? These questions will all have to wait until model year 2011 when the new Aveo is released. I for one am shocked to be saying this but I can't wait.

 
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