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2006 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2006 Chevrolet New Car Model GuideCars counted for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors range from fuel-efficient commuter vehicles and refined family sedans to slick coupes and America's favorite sports car, Corvette. For 2006, Chevrolet forges new iterations of Impala, the four-door sedan, and a two-door coupe derivation, Monte Carlo, then expands the list of powerful SS special editions to reach to Impala, Monte Carlo, Cobalt, Malibu and Malibu Maxx. And the supercar Z06 Corvette pops up carting a race-bred powertrain and suspension.

Chevrolet Aveo
2006 Chevrolet Aveo

The economy car from Chevrolet works as a four-door notchback sedan or five-door hatchback. The two formats vary at the rear, where the sedan has an arched roof concluding at the trunk ledge while the hatchback extends the roof to a back door that slopes to the bumper. Both bring a cabin with room for five and more personal space than the pint-size appearance indicates. Seatback folds flat in the sedan, but on the hatchback the rear seat folds and flips forward to expand the cargo bay.

Aveo's sole engine, a dual-cam 1.6-liter in-line-four, musters 103 hp with standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic shifter. Trim designations for sedan and hatchback range from the entry-level Aveo Special Value edition to uplevel LS and deluxe LT. Safety modifications for 2006 include standard side-impact air bags added to front seats and two-stage frontal air bags.

Chevrolet Cobalt
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

Compact cars from Chevrolet shape up as a four-door sedan or two-door coupe. They display bold styling on the outside and a five-seat passenger compartment laced with gear. Three four-cylinder Ecotec engines apply. Standard is a 2.2-liter plant with 145 hp for LS and LT coupe or sedan plus the new LTZ sedan. A 2.4-liter engine at 171 hp powers sporty SS coupe and sedan, but for Cobalt SS Supercharged coupe the plant becomes a 2.0-liter four with blower added to achieve 205 hp.

Cobalt the sedan looks stylish in a smooth but tall format, and the coupe mimics that form in front but adds a swoopy tail with Corvette-inspired round taillamps. Air conditioning and an audio kit with CD deck are standard, with options like a sunroof, OnStar and XM satellite radio service. Majestic Amethyst is one of several new paint shades.

Chevrolet Corvette
2006 Chevrolet Corvette

Chevy's svelte two-seat sports car works as a coupe and convertible or new Z06 fixed-roof hatchback -- the most powerful production model in it's 53-year history. With a name tracing to the '63 Sting Ray special showroom race car, Z06 for 2006 carries race-honed gear like carbon-fiber composite fenders and awesome engine.

The 7.0-liter LS7 V8 whips up 505 hp through a six-speed manual Tremec T56 gearbox. Corvette Coupe and Convertible use the LS2 plant, a 6.0-liter aluminum V8 worth 400 hp. It ties to the Tremec six-speed manual or a new electronically controlled six-speed Paddle Shift automatic with three driving modes -- Drive, Sport and Paddle Shift. Corvette the coupe has a removable roof panel, while the convertible's fabric lid operates manually or with optional power controls. Look for new body colors in the 2006 Corvette line like Velocity Yellow Tintcoat and Monterey Red Metallic Tintcoat. (CONTINUED...)


Chevrolet Impala
2006 Chevrolet Impala

With a mid-size structure but full-size cabin space and seats for all in the family, the Impala line of sedans ranks among the best-selling passenger cars in America and it has also been the most popular Chevrolet. For 2006, the series gets a substantial make-over featuring sharp new exterior styling, a revamped passenger compartment offering premium options like leather upholstery and innovative flip-and-fold rear seats, along with new trim and powertrain choices.

Two models -- the base Impala LS and upscale LT -- provide a new 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing (VVT) and a power rating of 211 hp. Deluxe Impala LTZ goes further by stocking GM's new 3.9-liter VVT V6 for 240 hp. And the new sport-tuned Impala SS shows up with a big V8 rigged with Displacement on Demand (DOD) technology to conserve on fuel. The 5.3-liter V8 in Impala SS runs up to 303 hp.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

As a sleek and sporty two-door coupe, Monte Carlo rides on the platform of Impala and carries the same mechanical components yet follows a different track for exterior styling and interior features. Like Impala, everything is new for 2006 although trims and powertrains match Impala. Monte Carlo LS and the LT appear with GM's new 3.5-liter VVT V6 for 211 hp and a top-tier LTZ version has the new 3.9-liter VVT V6 for 240 hp. The SS soars with a 5.3-liter DOD V8 sparking at 303 hp. All three engines for Monte Carlo use GM's Hydra-Matic 4T65-E four-speed automatic transmission.

Monte Carlo SS comes with FE4 sport suspension tuning and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped by Goodyear Eagle RS-A performance tires. Safety systems expand with standard anti-lock brake system (ABS) plus dual-stage frontal air bags and optional new seat-mounted side-impact air bags.

Chevrolet Malibu
2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet's mid-size sedan rides on GM's Epsilon platform with contemporary body styling evident and innovative features in the five-seat cabin. There's a fold-flat seatback for the front bucket and a rear split bench that folds to boost cargo space. For 2006 the trims and powertrains expand with a deluxe LTZ model added plus the sport-skewed Malibu SS.

In all, there are four variations -- Malibu LS, LT, LTZ and SS. Engine options include the Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder worth 140 hp for LS and LT or a 3.5-liter V6 with 201 hp for Malibu LTZ. The SS employs GM's new 3.9-liter V6 with VVT pumping 240 hp. Malibu LTZ stocks foglamps, automatic climate controls, six-way power for the driver's bucket and curtain-style air bags. The Malibu SS adds special body fascia fore and aft with a spoiler on the tail, sport suspension tuning and 18-inch flangeless wheels.

Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

Maxx is a four-door car similar to Malibu's sedan, yet its wheelbase stretches to add room to the rear of the cabin and there's a cascading back door in hatchback format. Maxx's back bench slides almost seven inches back and forth to vary the space for people or cargo. The back of the right front bucket also folds forward to form a flat horizontal surface, and backs of the rear bench, divided into two sections, fold on the same plane. To shed extra light into the rear compartment, there's a fixed skylight overhead with retractable sunshade.

Trims for Maxx follow the pattern of Malibu with tiers of LS, LT, LTZ and SS. The first three of these extract power from Malibu's uplevel 3.5-liter V6 rated at 201 hp with a four-speed automatic transmission. Malibu Maxx SS the sporty edition draws the new 3.9-liter V6 with 240 hp. (...BACK)