One of the cool things about living in a country that has an “emerging consumer market” economy – like China – is that American companies – like GM – will bring you all their cool new ideas to try first. One of those is the Chevrolet Lova RV. The Lova has been a mid sized SUV crossover in the Chinese market for years, but in 2016 GM is upping their game.
The Chinese Chevy Lova RV.
The sleek outside styling is familiar to most American motorists, since every car maker from Lexus to BMW has a similar profile in their catalog. Sporty aerodynamic front styling, with a boxier back end and a raised roof that allows for a more spacious cabin. In this case, the Lova’s wheelbase has been extended to add more room for sleeping inside.
A “floating roof line” makes plenty of overhead space for sleeping – or stargazing.
Luggage tie downs and skylight on roof.
Judging by the pictures, the “RV” part may be more like “RV lite” since amenities such as a kitchen and bath elements seem to be non-existent. The interior is designed to transform, providing convertible sleeping space while not sacrificing storage. In the US, we might not classify this one as an RV, but in China where simplicity is prized, that’s exactly how they’ll use it, opening new possibilities for American owners with similar vehicles.
A luggage deck in the rear could be cleared underneath for additional space for your feet while sleeping.
From the concept drawings, the cabin is a traditional small SUV concept with navigation and standard controls. The twelve volt power supply is supported by a “cigarette lighter” outlet in the dash, and what appears to be a built-in USB port for charging digital devices. Further back the seats appear to be fully convertible, providing enough space for two adults to lie down side by side. The seats fold down to provide a completely flat platform that would be equally welcome for large cargo loads or sleeping.
The cabin features a 12 volt power supply and USB charging in dash.
The area behind the seating is designed to be incorporated into the sleeping area with a removable two tiered deck that allows for more storage, while still allowing for foot room for sleeping underneath. When the seats are in place the deck doubles the storage, by allowing heavier items to be placed either above or below the deck.
The large rear hatch provides room enough to store a portable kitchen and more.
The large back lift hatch would be perfect for sleeping “open air” style on nice nights and the cabin is well appointed with lights. Up top, a luggage rack and skylight add two features that would be welcome in a small RV. Stowing luggage up top leaves plenty of room for sleeping, while the skylight is ideal for star gazing. Speaking of star gazing, one of the concept images features a telescope on a tripod, illustrating the nice overhead room available with the higher ceilings.
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