Chevrolet is expanding its popular front-wheel-drive Kalos range with the introduction of a three-door variant that will be in Chevrolet showrooms in March. The three-door Kalos range of 1.2S and 1.4SX models will complement the established five-door, adding a sporty style and new entry model to the Kalos family. The Kalos five-door model has been a world-wide hit and since its introduction to the USA at the end of 2003 under the name of Chevrolet Aveo, had sold 43,500 units up to the end of October, taking first place in the small car segment.
The new Chevrolet Kalos three-door has a more sporty style than its five-door sibling. The car retains it’s compact dimensions (length/width/height: 3,880/1,670/1,495 millimetres) but the sporty packaging has been underscored by several new details such as new style bumper mouldings at front and rear incorporating an air dam at the front, modified rear monosides with new rear wheel arch profile and additional rocker panel mouldings.
The three-door Kalos is available with two economical petrol engine options - a 1.2 litre unit with 53 kW/72 HP and a lively 16-valve 1.4 litre developing 69 kW/94 HP. The more powerful engine takes the SX model to 62 mph in only 11.1 seconds and on to a respectable top speed of 110 mph. Even a visit to the filling station is a pleasure: average consumption of 39.8 mpg (MVEG combined) on the 1.4 means that the 9.9 gallon tank only runs dry after 399 miles.