Daewoo’s new Station Wagon - a compact Wagon for a small Wagon price
With the introduction of its new Station Wagon, GM Daewoo will complete its range of modern, compact-sector models off the J platform. The latest addition to the family, which already comprises the Nubira saloon and the Lacetti hatch, reaches UK showrooms in October and will be available as a single 1.6SX derivative, comprehensively equipped. Price and full specification detail will be announced later.
Lots of space for passengers and luggage
The newcomer will undoubtedly appeal in this sector with the above-average amount of space it offers inside. The generous headroom for the driver and front-seat passenger (1,000 mm) and the plentiful legroom in the rear (932 mm) are both among the best in this class.
Beneath the large tailgate, this practical station wagon (length/width/height: 4,562/ 1,725/1,459 mm) has a capacity of between 400 to 1,410 litres (VDA standard, provisional). Apart from the 60:40 split, folding backrest, useful features of the new Station Wagon include substantial alloy roof rails as standard, an additional 12V power socket in the luggage compartment, and as many as 25 individual stowage spaces inside.
Its refreshing style is based on the design of the saloon and was developed as an independent body style by the team at the new GM Daewoo design centre in Bupyong/South Korea. The family-look chrome grille and large clear-acrylic headlamps combine to create a particularly attractive face, while the eye-catching rear lamps are styled vertically to ensure a generously wide opening for loading. On the interior, the Station Wagon takes its cues from the sporty look of the Lacetti and features, for example, the same four circular air vents with matt alloy accents.
1.6 litre engine and lots of features
The Station Wagon is equipped with a modern four-cylinder, four-valve petrol engine. The 1.6-litre unit generates 110 Ps and propels this front-wheel drive car to a top speed of 111 mph. Fuel consumption is a moderate 34.5 mpg (MVEG combined cycle, provisional). If desired, it can be ordered with a modern, four-speed automatic transmission. (Full performance and fuel consumption figures will be available later.)
Its generous, standard equipment package will be very similar to that already offered on its sister products and the price will be extremely favourable. An important element that provides excellent dynamic qualities is the chassis, with independent suspension front and rear (tuned specifically to European driving conditions) and the car features high levels of active and passive safety. The new Station Wagon is another example of GM Daewoo's strategy of offering customers plenty of car for their money.
"Over the last 12 months, we have introduced three new models in the compact class, which is the most important vehicle segment in Europe," says Andy Carroll, Managing Director of GM Daewoo UK. "Although all three are based on a single architecture, the Nubira, Lacetti and now the Station Wagon cover the needs of very different groups of buyers in this vehicle category. Daewoo’s original Nubira station wagon was an excellent seller in the UK and we are confident that this new model will continue that success with a much more stylish product.’Published 27 May 2004