Of course, to American eyes, the Cobalt in Brazil doesn’t look like the one that used to be sold in the U.S. If you know our Chevrolet Aveo, then you should be familiar with the Brazilian Cobalt aside of unique styling.
Among the new features are a reverse camera and a TV compatible with the Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system module (see below). Another notable feature are side mirrors that tilt downward for improved vision when backing up. Full features like air conditioning and power steering across all versions of the Cobalt (LS, LT, and LTZ) is a bit more unusual in the Brazilian market; so is ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution).
In its class, the Cobalt features the largest trunk and wheelbase, which comes in handy when transporting five passengers and their luggage to the World Cup. The refined surfaces of the interior make the Cobalt more inviting too.
Like a lot of things we’re used to in the U.S., the Cobalt also uses connectivity technology including the Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system in the Cobalt LTZ. It has a seven-inch touch screen with Bluetooth and USB inputs to allow the user to bring along music, photos, and videos with him or her. Plus, you can still access content and applications on the Internet, such as the BringGo navigator, through your Smartphone. MyLink is a standard feature of the Cobalt LTZ.
The Cobalt is available with two Econo.Flex engines: the 1.4L with 102 horsepower and the 1.8L motor with 108. The latter provides 90% of its power between 2,500 and 4,700 rpm, assisting its drivability in many driving situations, both in the city and in rural areas. It also is available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission—unique in the segment.
Since its launch in November 2011, over 140,000 Cobalts have been sold in Brazil, no doubt to it being a good value, big interior space, fit and finish, and fine functionality.