Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire Siblings Finally Getting the Boot
GM has just announced replacements for the aging Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire models. The Cobalt and Pursuit, respectively, will be launched in 2005.
The new models will share architecture derived from the Delta platform. Expected to follow the Generals new trend toward uncluttered, contemporary design, Cobalt and Pursuit will also improve interior quality, spaciousness and comfort levels.
While the current Cavalier and Sunfire are not known for dynamic chassis performance, the upcoming small cars will remedy past sins. The Ecotec 4-cylinder engine found in the current Chevy and Pontiac compacts needs no performance boost at all, offering spirited acceleration. The 140-hp engine is expected to be part of the Cobalt/Pursuit package.
With the new cars GM is targeting consumers who appreciate the external dimensions and overall efficiency of a smaller vehicle, yet who may not want to give up luxury features, upmarket styling and exciting performance.
The small car segment is key for GM, so it is betting the performance, handling and contemporary design of the Cobalt and Pursuit models will expand its market share in what is a critical segment.
Like the Cavalier the Chevrolet Cobalt will be available in coupe and sedan form when it debuts in 2005, while the Pontiac Pursuit will initially only be available as a sedan. A Pursuit coupe will be made the following year. So far there is no word on convertible models, but chances are GM will continue the successful pattern and introduce drop tops in 2007.