The new Chevrolet Matiz, successor to one of the most popular small cars on Britain’s roads, will make its world première at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It will join the new Chevrolet family of small and medium family cars at Chevrolet retailers across the UK in June.
The new Matiz attracts immediate attention through its modern design, clever use of space, excellent value and reliable, robust engineering. Although the design is new, it retains a number of the classic style cues that have given the car its well-known smiling face, such as its headlamp and grille design, and also its five-door accessibility and overall interior package with plenty of storage space. The new Chevrolet Matiz is just 3.50 metres long and thus ideal for modern urban motoring, although it is equally capable of longer journeys in comfort. It will be available in two trim levels - SE and SX.
The new Chevrolet Matiz will also have a choice of two engines - a 0.8 litre three-cylinder 52bhp unit and a 1.0 litre four-cylinder 66bhp unit - both complying with the Euro 4 emissions standard. Fuel consumption is around 15% lower than their predecessors. Both engines also benefit from developments that improve overall noise and engine isolation, such as a three-point torque axis/hydromount engine installation and all-new inlet and exhaust systems optimised for airflow and noise levels through the use of new materials. Low friction valve gear, with roller cam followers, also contributes to smoother, quieter running.
These improvements, combined with an overall weight reduction from the use of high strength steels and a lowering of the drag coefficient (Cd) from 0.399 to 0.344, result in a significant cut in fuel consumption.
Compared to its predecessor, the MVEG average fuel consumption for the 0.8-litre model has gone down by 15% from 46.3mpg to 54.3mpg. The reduction for the four-cylinder version is similar, with consumption dropping from 44.1mpg to 50.4 mpg.
Full details of the technical specification, model range, features and prices will be announced from Geneva.Published 21 February 2005