CHEVROLET Cobalt's base price: $14,190
Incentives for those who order early include a free spoiler or sunroof.
By DON SHILLING
VINDICATOR BUSINESS EDITOR
The base model of the Chevrolet Cobalt will start at $14,190, while a high-performance version, the SS Supercharged coupe, will begin at $21,995.
Chevrolet announced prices Monday for the new small car, which will be built at General Motors' Lordstown complex starting in October. Prices include destination and freight charges.
The base model comes with a 145-horsepower engine, five-speed manual transmission, 15-inch steel wheels and CD player. Standard features on all models include air conditioning, electric rear defogger and a split-bench rear seat with pass-through to the trunk.
The base price applies to both the four-door sedan and two-door coupe, though production on the coupe isn't slated to begin until November.
The next level up is the LS, which starts at $16,485. It also comes in a coupe and sedan. Upgrades include aluminum wheels, cruise control and automatic volume control on the CD player.
The top sedan model is the LT, which starts at $18,760. Included are a four-speed automatic transmission, traction control, 16-inch aluminum wheels, seven-speaker sound system and heated seats.
The top couple model is the SS Supercharged Coupe. Horsepower is boosted to 205, with an improved suspension. It also has 18-inch aluminum wheels, seven-speaker sound system and a CD/MP3 player.
Standard features on the LS, LT and SS Supercharged models include anti-lock brakes, power door locks with keyless entry and power windows.
Chevrolet is offering incentives for people who place early orders to buy a Cobalt. Details are available at www.chevy.com/cobalt.
Until Oct. 18, customers who order a base model will receive a free spoiler, which is valued at $275. Those ordering an LS model will receive a sunroof valued at $725, while those ordering a LT or SS Supercharged coupe will receive a sunroof and XM Satellite Radio hardware, with a combined value of $1,050.
"We believe this exciting introductory offer will provide consumers an added incentive to get to know our all-new Chevy Cobalt before it hits the market," said Brent Dewar, Chevrolet general manager.
GM is calling the Cobalt a premium small car as it tries to achieve a higher sales price than it has been for the Chevrolet Cavalier, which is being discontinued.
The Chevrolet Web site lists a "special value package" price for a base Cavalier coupe of $10,700. The base sedan starts at $15,000, although Chevrolet has been offering rebates on the cars. The highest price Cavalier model, the LS Sport sedan, starts at $18,175.