The Chinese-market version of GM’s global light car, sold here as the Barina, has been given a makeover for the new model year.
Known in the US as the Sonic and in China as the Aveo, the little Chevrolet picks up new front-end styling as part of a light update for 2014.
The update gives the Aveo a look similar to the new Chinese-market Cruze, with slender - and more conventional - new headlights replacing the motorcycle-inspired units of the Barina currently offered in Australia.
The familiar dual-port grille design is also updated, with the narrow top grille extending to the headlights and gaining a new chrome garnish, while the lower port takes its cues from Chevrolet’s newer models (and sports models in the Commodore range).
The bumpers at both ends have also been given a subtle going-over, while the tail-lights - shown here in sedan form only - have also been refreshed.
It is unclear if this updated look will debut with the Australian-market Holden Barina, and Chevrolet in the US has also yet to confirm plans for an update.
The current-generation Aveo/Sonic/Barina range debuted globally in 2010, with styling and engineering input from the Holden team in Port Melbourne (to be downsized as Holden switches to an import-only structure).
The new model arrived in Australia in 2011, and has since seen a number of feature updates and the additional of a warm RS sports model.
TMR has contacted Holden for word on local plans for an updated Barina range.
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