The T2X concept from GM Daewoo hints at Chevrolet’s design future.
The T2X also shows the direction Chevrolet is heading with its planned medium SUV for Europe and Korea. In addition, the concept provides an example of the increasing sophistication of GM Daewoo’s styling team.
The T2X premiered at the Seoul auto show last month.
It is based on the same architecture as the S3X concept vehicle shown at the Paris auto show last September.
The T2X is a step closer than the S3X to the production model of the medium SUV that GM Daewoo will begin building next year for Korea and Europe.
General Motors owns GM Daewoo, which changed the brand name of its vehicles in Europe to Chevrolet from Daewoo this year.
A version of the T2X with a Chevrolet front end will debut at Frankfurt’s IAA in September. That front end, and the muscular wheel arches of the T2X, will become part of a new global look for Chevrolet vehicles.
GM’s German subsidiary Opel also might base a replacement for its Frontera medium SUV on the T2X. If made, it is likely to be built in Korea and debut in Europe in summer 2006.
Inside, the car has a lot of load space and offers multiple configurations.
The car’s interior also implies luxury to the car’s target buyers because its extreme-sports-gear look appeals more to the tastes of the car’s target audience than traditional luxury cues such as wood paneling, said David Lyon, executive director of design for GM Daewoo.
“When you consider what someone in his 20s and 30s pays for a mountain bike, it [the bike] is a luxury item,” Lyon said.
The car was designed by a five-person team, all but one of them Korean. The team’s styling sense thus grew from the Korean design milieu. Korea’s pop culture and design have eclipsed Japan’s, making it the trendsetter in Asia.