The new Chevrolet Aveo notchback was promised to us back in September 2006, but I guess DRB-HICOM’s Hicomobil unit had some issues to sort out or perhaps they were waiting for the right time to launch, so it’s finally here in 1.4 litre form.

The new Thai-imported Chevrolet Aveo 1.4 litre notchback sedan’s 1.4 litre DOHC E-TEC II engine puts out 94bhp at 6,200rpm and 130Nm of torque which peaks at a low enough 3,400rpm. This is mated to a 4-speed auto transmission that uses a gate shifter. The low engine speed at which peak torque is achieved is likely thanks to the usage of a Variable Geometry Intake System, which varies intake manifold dimensions to suit engine speeds. To help reduce NVH, the engine rests on three hydraulic suspension bushes to reduce engine vibrations. 0 to 100km/h acceleration takes 11.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at 170km/h.

The car rides on MacPherson struts at the front, and the rear is a torsion beam setup that is typical on daily A to B runabout sedans these days. There are two models, the 1.4SE and the 1.4SX. Only the 1.4SX has a driver’s airbag, and there is no option for a passenger airbag. Other important features to note include power windows, central locking, electric side-view mirrors, and a 400 litre boot space. The brakes are discs at the front and drums are the rear, but there is no indication on Hicomobil’s site on whether these are anti-lock brakes, so I guess they are not.

The Chevrolet Aveo notchback sedan goes for RM69,888 for the 1.4SE model, and RM72,888 for the 1.4SX model. Prices are not inclusive of insurance.

I was not invited for the launch so I don’t really have any high resolution product images to share with you guys. But a few of my previous posts have images of the interior, so you can check it out in the links listed below.

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