Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chevy Code 130R & Tru 140S Concepts Designed in Car Capitol L.A.

The Chevrolet Code 130R concept (pictured on the left) is a four-seat rear-wheel drive coupe with a turbocharged engine to be tuned to work in tandem with eAssist technology that shuts off the engine at stops, recapturing braking energy, and smoothing torque during acceleration.

The Chevrolet Tru 140S concept (pictured on the right) is a front-wheel-drive, “affordable exotic” four-seat sporty coupe based off the same platform as the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range. Tru 140S designers want to demonstrate technologies typically found in more expensive cars, including direct injection and a starter-based stop-start technology, balancing internal combustion and electrification to deliver high value and improved fuel economy.

The concepts, designed at the GM North America Advanced Design studio in Los Angeles, are aimed at younger buyers who say they want sedan-sized functionality in performance coupe form that seats four passengers, interior connectivity and convenience featuring innovative storage, WiFi, smart phone integration with Chevrolet MyLink and heads-up display, 40 MPG with a 150 horsepower 1.4 liter Turbo Ecotec engine and with a possible production price range in the low $20,000s.

Concepts are becoming reality because of the high research and development costs so let's see if these little Chevys deliver on their promise.