The Chevrolet Cobalt name in America will no doubt garner a mixed bag of responses from people. Compared to today’s Cruze, a basic Cobalt was just a hair better than walking in a blizzard — shirtless — as a way to get from place to place. But the range-topping Cobalt SS has left a gap in the hearts of tuner enthusiasts that has yet to be filled, and their outcry for something to effectively replace it has yet to be silenced. In South America, however, the moniker is brand-new, and the vehicle wearing its name has essentially nothing to do with the discontinued American model.
Designed and engineered by GM do Brazil, the 2012 Chevrolet Cobalt shares a lot of similarities with the new Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic such as its Gamma II platform setup and motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster inside. Overall, the new Cobalt measures in at 4,479mm (176-in.) long, 1,735mm (68.3-in.) wide and 1,514mm (59.6-in.) tall. Its wheelbase is exactly 2,620mm (103.1-in.) in length.
As the vehicle begins its launch in Brazil, consumers will have the choice of a flex-fuel compatible 1.4L Ecotec which delivers a whopping 102 horsepower while running on E85, and a slightly lower 97 horsepower when utilizing gasoline. There will also be a 1.8L mill available, though GM failed to mention its power ratings in the press release. The new Cobalt will also utilize other engines ranging from 1.3 to 1.8 liters in displacement, including a diesel variant as it launches in no less than 40 other markets worldwide.
Pricing in Brazil starts from R$39,980 or about $23,000 USD.