Chevrolet Cavalier Nameplate Will Be Resurrected, but Only for China

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Chevrolet’s old Cavalier nameplate might be resurrected for the Chinese market. As it turns out, a Chinese Ministry report has unintentionally leaked the information regarding the new Cavalier from Chevrolet.
Some photos of the Cavalier have also been leaked to a Chinese website called AutoHome, and it looks like the car is a mix between the Malibu and the Cruze. You can see them in our image gallery.

Chevrolet has not used the Cavalier nameplate for 11 years, and its replacement was the Malibu. The latter moniker was also a rebirth of a historical name in the Chevrolet range.

However, the new Cavalier for China will be close to the Malibu model in size, but it will also borrow design elements from its smaller brother, the Cruze.

According to the leaked specs of the Chevrolet Cavalier, the car will have a length of 4,544 millimeters (178 inches). Its width is of 1,779 mm (70 inches) while its height is 1,467 mm (57 inches). The wheelbase measures 2,600 mm (102 inches).

Looking at the specs, we cannot help but notice that the Cavalier slides between the Cruze and Malibu concerning size. Another leaked specification is the tire size of the base model, which will ride on 195/65 R15 rubber, while other versions will have 205/55 R16 tires with fitting rims.

According to our friends at Indianautosblog, the new Cavalier will be placed below the Cruze in the Chevrolet range sold on the Chinese market. This position is probably the reason why the nameplate is not returning to the USA very soon.

Another explanation would be the American customers’ preference for SUVs and crossovers, a situation experimented by Chevrolet’s brother from General Motors, Buick. The latter will reportedly stop building the Verano to make way for more crossovers in its portfolio.

However, the Chinese market still buys sedans, so launching an exclusive model for them would not come as a surprise from any automaker. If you consider the fact that China is also the world’s largest car market, it is easy to understand why GM builds special cars for them, just like other automakers do.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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