2012 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Chevy rolls out two sporty compact concepts — one rear-wheel drive, one front-wheel drive — aimed at younger buyers who value connectivity and personalization.
- The Code 130R features a turbocharged hybrid gasoline powertrain and rides on a rear-drive platform.
- The Tru 140S shares its front-drive platform with the Chevy Cruze and Volt.
DETROIT — Chevrolet is rolling out two sporty compact concepts — the rear-wheel-drive Code 130R and the front-wheel-drive Tru 140S — at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Chevy says the concepts are aimed at younger buyers who value connectivity and personalization. Both cars are being considered for production, with projected price tags in the low 20s.
The Code 130R is a four-passenger hybrid coupe, featuring a turbocharged Ecotec 1.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine coupled with General Motors' eAssist hybrid technology. The engine makes 150 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Chevy says the driveline can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and is projected to return 40 miles per gallon in highway driving.
The Tru 140S is a four-passenger hatchback that shares its platform with the Chevy Cruze and Volt. It also gets the 150-hp Ecotec 1.4, fitted with stop-start technology and other fuel-saving systems, and is projected to deliver 40 mpg on the highway.
Both cars were developed at GM's Advanced Design studio in Los Angeles.
The Code 130R was designed with "heritage" styling cues and features red metallic paint and matte anodized gold wheels with P245/40R20 tires. The Tru 140S has more of a contemporary look and is painted matte white with Chevrolet performance chrome wheels shod with P245/35R21 tires.
GM North America President Mark Reuss said the automaker is "seeking out our newest customers' opinions, listening to their advice and engaging them in new ways." Toward that end, Chevy has been surveying younger buyers and, in response to their feedback, said it designed the newest concepts with such features as wireless connectivity and smartphone integration.
Edmunds.com says: Chevy has all the feedback from that younger audience — but interpretation is always the tricky part.