Chevrolet Epica (2008–2010)
World premiere of Epica
Mid-size 5-seater front-drive saloon with new transverse 2.0 litre six cylinder petrol or 2.0 litre common rail diesel engines. 4,805mm long by 1,810mm wide by 1,450mm high. Wheelbase 2,700 mm.
Comprehensive range of comfort and safety equipment as standard and exceptional value for money. Interior features high quality soft feel moldings with chrome highlights, luxurious leather seat facings, climate control air conditioning and a high power FM tuner/CD system all giving the car a sense of executive luxury but at a bargain price. Enormous boot swallows up plenty of holiday luggage or the weekend shop with space to spare. Styling features rising, wedge-shaped side contours, pull-type door handles, chrome grille with cross bar carrying the bold Chevrolet bow-tie emblem, large headlamps that sweep into the front wings and equally striking rear lamps. Standard safety features include ABS, driver and passenger airbags and side and head airbags.
2.0 litre 142PS six cylinder chain cam petrol engine or a 150PS version of Chevrolet’s all-new common rail belt cam 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine. Chevrolet believes the six cylinder petrol engine to be the shortest six cylinder available in the world, enabling the whole power unit to be neatly packaged in a lightweight transverse configuration. Both engine types are available with a five-speed manual or a sophisticated new five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
Goes on sale in the UK
Priced from only £13,595 on-the-road. Available in two trim levels, LS and LT. Both have good standard equipment. 2.0LS petrol has a 6 cylinder straight six chain cam engine, air conditioning, cruise control, electric front and rear windows, a CD-stereo with MP3 input socket, remote audio controls, front fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, front, side and curtain airbags and power-adjustable mirrors.
The LS diesel offers the same specification as the petrol at £14,595, while LT spec cars add electronic climate control, rear parking sensors, leather seat trim, heated front seats, rain sensitive wipers, a CD autochanger, electrochromatic rear view mirror, power-adjustable driver’s seat, trip computer, electronic stability control and 17-inch alloys. LT models are diesel only at £16,595 with a five-speed manual gearbox, or £17,695 as an automatic.