Announcing the New Chevrolet Cavalier
The Chevrolet Cavalier may not have been the flashiest car on the road, but it was an affordable and capable subcompact that made for a great first car for young drivers. The automaker discontinued the model over a decade ago, but it has recently announced that a new Chevrolet Cavalier will be debuting…in China. Here's a quick rundown of this well-known model's past and future.
Chevrolet Cavalier History
The Cavalier made its debut in 1982 replacing the much maligned Chevrolet Monza. The early years of the Cavalier were some of the most interesting for this model. A convertible version was available for a limited production run, and in 1985 a V6 engine was an option. It is thanks to that early ambition that the Cavalier saw its highest sales totals in 1984. In total, the Cavalier lasted for three generations and at various points was available as a station wagon, could be upgraded with a supercharger, and was even briefly sold as the Toyota Cavalier in Japan. Due to lagging sales figures, the Cavalier was discontinued in 2005.
Chinese Chevrolet Cavalier
Chevrolet is planning to reveal a new Chevrolet Cavalier in September at the Chengdu Auto Show. It will only be available in China where the demand for small, affordable cars is overwhelming. The new Chevrolet Cavalier will run on a 1.5L four-cylinder engine paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It will come with a touchscreen display and media center, smartphone app integration, and even a feature that filters the air used for heating and cooling.
Chevrolet Compact Cars in America
The new Chevrolet Cavalier will not make it stateside, but that is not a problem considering all the compact options Chevrolet currently has to offer. The Spark and the Sonic are both extremely affordable and surprisingly well appointed, and the Chevrolet Cruz is considered by many to be the best compact sedan on the road. Check out the full lineup at Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence.