The 2015 Chevrolet Code 130R was revealed in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show this year. It is geared toward the younger generation who just do not think the Cruze is cool enough, but is not ready for the power and price tag of a Camaro. It has the same rear-drive platform as the Cadillac ATS, so it is similar in size to a small BMW, but the body seems to have a slight air of the Camaro, just in a miniature version.
The 2015 Chevrolet Code 130R is Chevrolet’s response to Scion’s latest creation the FR-S (also known as the Subaru BRZ). All more show than go, as they are all a bit underpowered for the appearance they present. The concept version is powered with a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder with around 150hp, making it just slightly sportier than the Cruze and Sonic. The difference is it has e-Assist, which adds a mild form of hybrid to the Code. With the addition of the e-Assist, you are looking at another 15 to 20 horsepower, still not enough to back-up the look of the Code, with its 20-inch tires (really?). How about some smaller tires to make it a little more realistic? Chances are there will be more than one trim available, with other trims offering a base 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder or even a 2.0-liter turbo that is currently found in the Cadillac ATS. Now that one deserves the 20-inch tires. More than likely a 6spd automatic or 6spd manual trans will be available.
The rest of the 2015 Chevrolet Code 130R seems to be a bit of a mystery, but chances are it will have every electronic gadget available and be available in fun colors that will appeal to the younger car buyer. The base price of $20,000 also puts it into an affordable range for the younger crowd, or someone looking for a second vehicle that is more economic than the one they is driving. Although the engines are not cheap, nor is the Cadillac-based platform, Chevy is still finding a way to put these cars into a reasonable price range to appeal to more consumers. Chances are this will find its way to the Holden market as well in one form or another. Therefore, this car will be something to watch out for and it is looking like Chevrolet might actually continue on the road to redemption.