The new Chevrolet Matiz, successor to the Daewoo Matiz, will make its world première at the Geneva Motor Show in March.  It will join the new Chevrolet family of small and medium family cars at Chevrolet retailers across the UK in June.

Although the design is new, it retains a number of the styling cues that have given the car its well-known smiling face, such as its headlamp and grille design, and also its five-door format and overall interior package.

The new Chevrolet Matiz is just 3.50 metres long and will be available in two trim levels – SE and SX.  There’ll be a choice of two engines – an 800cc three-cylinder 52bhp unit and a 1.0 litre four-cylinder 66bhp unit – both complying with the Euro 4 emissions standard.  Fuel consumption is around 15% lower than their predecessors.

Both engines also benefit from developments that improve overall noise and engine isolation, such as a three-point torque axis/hydromount engine installation and all-new inlet and exhaust systems optimised for airflow and noise levels through the use of new materials. Low friction valve gear, with roller cam followers, also contributes to smoother, quieter running.

Compared to its predecessor, the MVEG average fuel consumption for the 800cc model has gone down by 15% from 46.3mpg to 54.3mpg. The reduction for the four-cylinder version is similar, with consumption dropping from 44.1mpg to 50.4 mpg.

Full details of the technical specification, model range, features and prices will be announced from Geneva.