Daewoo's SUV Assault Continues
By Motoring Channel Staff - 3/05/2005
T2X Concept Car
the Chevrolet S3X first hit the scene at the 2004
Paris Motor Show, initiating GM's foray into Europe
with an entry-level brand, people stopped and
took notice. Built by Daewoo in Korea, the appealing
S3X is a 7-seat SUV, and will be badged as a Chevy
in Europe, as will all future Daewoo product exported
Daewoo will also begin new exports to Australia
later in 2005, where the Korean-built small cars
will have Holden badges slapped on.
There is a chance that the S3X could make landfall
in Australia badged as a Holden in the next few
years, which would fill a gap left by the Isuzu-sourced
Jackaroo, while helping GM Holden to claw back
SUV ground lost to the all-conquering Ford Territory.
The T2X is a more radical looking concept vehicle
than the S3X, but its chances of reaching production
(and Europe) are almost guaranteed, especially
when the head of design at Daewoo drops hints
like "we might find something very similar
to the T2X in production in the near future."
Indeed we might...
- Feann Torr, Editor
Daewoo went for a simple cabin layout, with
big controls and a dominant centre console
The T2X concept car, unveiled late last week at the fifth
Seoul Motor Show, is the sportier, younger sibling to General
Motor's much talked-about S3X.
While the Chevrolet S3X will be on sale in Europe in 2006,
the T2X is at this stage still a concept car, based on the
According to GM, the new model "offers a glimpse of
the future design direction of GM Daewoo Auto & Technology
Developed by the company's Design Center in Incheon, Korea,
the T2X combines the body of a compact sport utility vehicle
with the exciting design of a sport coupe.
If the T2X concept reaches production, it will takes sales
away from vehicles like the Toyota Rav4 and other 'funky'
"This striking concept car exemplifies our company slogan
Driving Innovation. It demonstrates the capabilities
of our design team", said David Lyon, head of design
for GM Daewoo and GM Asia-Pacific.
"We are very excited to unveil this concept car for
the first time here in Seoul. The T2X has tremendous potential
and we might find something very similar to the T2X in production
in the near future."
The T2X is based on the architecture of the Chevrolet S3X
show car, which itself serves as the basis for the company's
new SUV and is likewise appearing at the Seoul Motor Show.
The T2X will debut in Europe at this year's Frankfurt Motor
Show in September and the Chevrolet production version of
the S3X show car will be available in Europe in Summer 2006.
"It all adds up to a glimpse of the future direction
of the automobile," said Lyon. "Customers want great
looks and great practicality. With T2X we give them both.
We give them the excitement of a great looking sports coupe
and the utility of an SUV."
The light silver body of the T2X has a bold front end with
prism-style headlamps and an abundance of LEDs, giving the
car a very technologically advanced look.
Its taut surface is highlighted by a dynamic side character
line that rises up toward the rear. With a wheelbase of 2,707mm,
sporty, front-wheel arches and 20-inch wheels that are situated
outside the vehicle's body, the T2X has a very athletic stance.
The 4-door, which has an overall length of 4,320mm and an
overall width of 1,856mm, lacks conventional B-pillars and
features rear-hinged backdoors, which will appeal to a trend-setting
Combined with its overall height of 1,666mm, this allows
easy access for both people and cargo. Completing the exterior
design is a removable glass roof panel.
According to Max Wolff, deputy director of advanced design,
the new Daewoo concept will be popular with younger drivers.
"The T2X represents a segment-busting concept that will
appeal to nearly everyone," stated Wolff, "but particularly
to those in their 20s and 30s who aspire to a sports car look
but need the off-road flexibility and configurable load space
of an SUV. It represents one of the future design directions
for GM Daewoo."
The dramatic coupe-style upper body and strong, functional
lower exterior theme carry through to the interior of the
T2X. Practical lower surfaces contrast with inviting, fabric-covered
upper surfaces that have a sporty theme.
A mixture of blue fabrics with orange accents provides a
cool and neat atmosphere that is in harmony with the stylish
exterior. The workmanship and detailing are consistent with
the companys outstanding reputation for fit and finish.
According to interior design expert, Jin-Wook Choi, the driver-oriented
interior is as spacious as it is comfortable. "A high-tech
center spine connects to the rear seats and is reflected in
the roof of the T2X by an aircraft-style structure with additional
storage space. Fully foldable rear seats add to the flexibility
and roominess of the T2X," he explained.