After an 11-year hiatus, Chevy is resurrecting the Cavalier badge for a new model that will only be sold in China.
Ford revived its well-known “Escort” moniker for China a while ago and now Chevy is also bringing back a name that should stir up old emotions among Americans. Even though a China-only model, the design of the new Cavalier is very much American and it kind of looks like a downsized, more humble Cruze. The model is going to be positioned below the Cruze and will be 4.5 inches shorter, with a 3.9-inch narrower wheelbase.
Chevy will sell the 2016 Cavalier with a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter engine developing 107 horsepower sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual or an optional automatic transmission. Entry-level cars are getting 15-inch wheels whereas the more expensive trims will come equipped with larger 16-inch alloys.
More and more manufacturers are coming out with models destined to be sold only in China’s huge car market. Since small sedans are still a big hit over there, it’s no wonder Chevy wants a piece of the action. Most of these China-only models use revised versions of older platforms, so companies don't actually have to spend a lot of money with R&D.
The new Cavalier is slated to go on sale in the second half of the year in China and will compete head to head with the Ford Escort, another model that is unlikely to be sold elsewhere.