2004 CAVALIER DEBUTS A FRESH NEW LOOK, NEW SAFETY FEATURES
With standard features and options that customers expect with luxury vehicles, the 2004 Cavalier continues appealing to young people who want to make a statement and appreciate its dollar-for-dollar performance.
Now with a sport appearance package available to all buyers and two new sporty exterior colors, the Cavalier is positioned as an affordable car that can be customized to fit every driver's personality.
The value equation continues with OnStar and XM Satellite Ratio (continental Ú.S. only) - options familiar to luxury-car owners. The Ecotec 2.2L I-4 continues to deliver an economical 140 hp (100 kw) to all models.
Young people like their tunes, and the 2004 Cavalier offers even more ways for buyers to indulge their tastes. New for 2004 is an optional CD/MP3 player that plays whatever music is thrown at it.
XM Satellite Radio provides 100 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original music, news, sports and talk. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $9.99 a month - less than the cost of a single CD. In addition, GM customers with GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car payments. Fresh, stylish exterior
An exterior that had ground effects, front fascia with fog lamps, rear fascia, headlamps, taillamps and hood freshened just a year ago keeps the Cavalier contemporary. The new design sports Chevy's new gold bowtie in front and now for 2004, the gold bowtie graces the rear end, too, replacing a silver bowtie.
Cavalier also offers chrome aluminum wheels, specific body-color door handles, body-color exterior mirror housings for power mirrors, leather-wrapped transmission shift knob, steering wheel and high profile rear spoiler. The sportier, more customizable appearance that results complements the rest of the Chevy car lineup.
Cavalier for 2004 also features two new colors: Rally Yellow and Sunburst Orange Metallic. Yellow is discontinued. Safety features
Cavalier now offers a center rear three-point seat belt, and optional front driver and passenger seat-mounted torso air bags with thorax protection (side impact air bags). OnStar continues as an option for the LS and LS Sport models.
OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the Ú.S. and Canada. Úsing the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar services include automatic notification of air bag deployment, stolen vehicle location, remote door unlock, emergency services dispatch, roadside assistance, remote diagnostics, route support, convenience services and OnStar Concierge. OnStar Personal Calling allows drivers to make and receive hands-free, voice-activated phone calls through a nationwide network in cooperation with Verizon Wireless. Virtual Advisor (Ú.S. only) gives subscribers access to personalized information in a hands-free, voice-activated manner with no screens or displays.
Cavalier also features GM's LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system, which can be combined with a top shelf tether to enable adults to securely install LATCH-compatible child seats without using a seatbelt. Rear child seat anchors are located in the floorpan with an attachment at the juncture of seat cushion and seat back, taking the worry and guesswork out of child safety seat installation. Ecotec 2.2L standard
The sporty and economical Ecotec 2.2L I-4 aluminum engine is the only engine available across the Cavalier line. It is mated with a standard five-speed manual or the optional Hydra-Matic 4T40-E four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The Ecotec engine features dual overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder for excellent response in city driving and confident passing and merging on the highway.
Quiet operation is one of the engine's chief features. Twin balance shafts located in the cylinder block cancel the shaking forces inherent in an inline four-cylinder engine, resulting in an engine that is smooth from idle to maximum engine speed. The Ecotec 2.2L generates 140 hp (100 kw) at 5600 rpm. Other features that help make the twin cam smooth and quiet include a die-cast lower crankcase and a structural cast-aluminum oil pan, which stiffen the block and reduce radiated engine noise. The engine also features an isolated cam cover that reduces the transmission of valvetrain noise. FE2 sport suspension
The FE2 sport suspension system offers excellent handling and road feel for both LS models. The sport suspension provides flatter, more precise cornering, more driver feedback, and better communication between car and driver. Front and rear sway bars stiffen the ride. The suspension system is mated to performance tires for better control and a five-speed manual transmission is standard. The stainless steel exhaust system, with a polished chrome exhaust outlet, offers high corrosion resistance - and good looks.Source - GM Corporation