In the world of automotive, it can be easy to forget that the four-wheels we’re used to seeing on American streets aren’t the same overseas. Just as we need an adapter for our electronics in Europe, cars need the same special treatment.
The 2013 Detroit Auto show, from March 20-24 this year, will display a few of the most beloved Chevy models from overseas in addition to revealing new spins on old U.S. favorites. The forbidden fruit of overseas design ranges from a roomy seven-seater to a budget-minded subcompact.
Which of these models would you like to test drive?
The Onix, from our South American friends, is a four-door five-speed with five hatch seats. Similar to most compact models, the outside design is not much different than those found in the U.S. The 1.0-liter little-engine-that-could put power behind the pretty exterior, and offers a six-speed automatic option. A simplified MyLink infotainment system is featured on the interior, and has three available adhesive themes to customize it to your liking.
The Thai Spin is a hybrid of a minivan and a crossover, offering room for up to seven passengers without the soccer-mom feel. It swaps out the sliding doors for more traditional hinges, and offers a six-speed automatic transmission. Chevy is keeping all other details under wraps until the show next month.
Trax, the shorter version of a Buick Encore, is welcome in over 140 other countries. With three engine options, including turbocharged and turbodiesel, even the power under the hood comes customized. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic pair with engine stop-start technology to create a high-tech feel for an inexpensive car.
If you’re economy-conscious and looking to be green, the Sail, from China, answers your prayers. While it is ultra fuel-efficient, it also offers roomy space for an affordable price. The engine specs, as well as the exterior, look somewhat like the South American Onix.
There’s one international option that was almost released in the U.S.: the Orlando, from Europe and Canada. It was rumored to launch in the U.S. in 2011, but GM dropped it with the fear that it would compete too much with other crossovers. The sleek exterior and Ecotec engine, however, have most Americans begging to see it within the next model year.
What do you think of the international cousins to your beloved Chevy? Would you take any of them for a test-drive?