Chevy began making waves not long ago with their future plans of sporty, entry level coupes to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show (open to the public later this week). Their newest combatants, dubbed by Chevy as the 130R and Tru 140S, are quite the lookers.
Let’s first look at the 130R. It looks like a Camaro that Wayne Szalinski took in his garage and shrunk down (though not to Hotwheel size). Joking aside, this car is attractive. Taking many of it’s design cues from the aforementioned Camaro while still coming into it’s own style. I see subtle hints from competitor Dodge’s Charger in the front of this car. Not sure if that was planned or not but as the concept lives and grows, it will more than likely change it’s shape slightly.
The rear of this car… is not so much pretty as I’d say… squished. It appears Chevy couldn’t get the formula right so they just took the Camaro rear end and put it in a vise and called it done. However, this little guy will get a RWD and projected inline 4 turbo. Specs are shaky but one would expect it’d get the same engines we see in the Cruze. Perhaps they’ll follow Hyundai’s lead in this growing segment and opt for a I4-turbo and V6 variant, though, in times of gas prices still hovering around the $3+ mark, expect them to rest their shoulders on their Ecotec platform. Now the question remains, when will the likes of Foust or Gittin turn this into a drifting giant?
The Tru 140S is a car that I’m a little confused on. It looks like Chevrolet was saddened by the news that the Eclipse is no longer in production that they felt the need to fill that market. I ask the question, why? Albeit a bit more edgy and triangular, one cannot deny the striking resemblance to the Eclipse. This bulldog stanced, FWD, compact coupe will debut alongside the 130R in Detroit and will more than likely see the same treatment under the hood as it’s concept brother.
This Chevy Tru 140S Concept is definitely more attractive than the Mitsu, looks to be better equipped, and it’s proudly American. My question is, will it last? I don’t see this as a 2 door Cruze but I sadly wish it was. While the Tru 140S is a stunning car front to back (because the back of this car looks amazing), I don’t particularly feel a desire to buy one. I’ve driven a Cruze LTZ and to be honest, if it were a 2 door model, that would fill the same exact segment as the Tru will but without having to have spent all that money on designing a whole new platform.
Ultimately, I’m not sure how well the Tru 140S coupe concept will do in this world of ever emerging entry level RWD sports cars. I fear this car will be destined to be driven by teenaged girls only and be labeled as such by all car enthusiast groups. Perhaps that’s what Chevy is aiming for.
Ultimately, Chevy has some big plans and like it or not, they are trying to find and fill markets that they haven’t been big players in. Kudos to them for trying to breathe life back into their small car market but unless a new Transformer’s movie comes out, I fear that the American Muscle group GM is only going to be further foreshadowed by it’s Euro, Japan, and Korean competitors. Time will tell.