A 1982-2005 Chevy Cavalier production
This car review will cover the characteristics of the Chevrolet Cavalier models that started the production of the model in 1983, as well as the latest releases of the car, which came out in 2005. Since 1983, the Chevy Cavalier cam with a throttle body fuel injection, and in a convertible version as well. In 1984, the manufacturer decided upon a small upgrade on the design of the headlights, and in 1988, the model came out in a completely new exterior. The same year, Chevy decided to drop the two-door version of the hatchback model, however, the coupe, sedan and station wagon were upgraded in terms of exterior and interior design. The coupe and sedan came out with upgraded trunk designs.
During that same year, Chevy released three trim levels of the Cavalier – VL, RS and the Z24 convertible version. Both the VL and RS were equipped with 2.0-liter OHV L4 engines, which were also of the throttle-body injection type, and produced 90HP. The convertible model Z24 came with a 2.8-liter V6 engine. Two-door models had the option to choose from a five or a three-speed automatic gearbox, while the sedans and station wagons all came with three-speed automatic gearboxes. The RS and Z24 trims also came with an electronic dashboard.
1989 further redesigning
In 1989, the Chevrolet Cavalier started coming with a new self-aligning steering wheel, which aimed to lower the number of injuries in the event of collisions. In terms of safety, rear shoulder belts were also incorporated in the models. In 1990, the Chevy Cavalier came to the market with a bigger 2.2-liter OHV L4 engine, which brought out 95HP. In order to comply with legislation, the cars were also equipped with door-mounted automatic front seat belts. During the same year, the convertible version of the Cavalier was dropped from production. In 1991, the model came out with even more redesigning, and a brand new hood, bumpers, headlights, and taillights, and special attention paid to the interior design. An improvement to the cooling system was presented as well, as it started drawing air from the bumper. The Z24 model came with the optional height-adjustable front seat and a CD player.
1995 The complete facelift
In 1995, Chevy decided to upgrade the looks of the Cavalier models once more. They started coming with a better aerodynamic shape. The Coupe, Sedan and Convertible options were still offered, however, the station-wagon was rebranded as a LS Sedan equipped with electric windows and electric door locks. The Z24 trim started marketing with a General Motors Supercharger Kit, which greatly improved the car’s performance. This boost was only available for installation at official GM dealerships. In 2003, there was a major improvement in the engines of the Cavalier model as the Ecotec motor replaced all GM Pushrod engines. The Ecotec became the only engine used for the model until its replacement in 2005.
The Chevrolet Cavalier is one of the most redesigned models that the manufacturer sold, however, the essence of the car, and the idea behind it remained unchanged through the years. This Chevy model offered great versatility and a number of trims, in order to suit the needs of any customer.