Chevrolet Epica

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Daewoo Tosca
2007 Holden EP Epica CDX (V250)
ManufacturerGM Daewoo
Parent companyGeneral Motors
Also calledChevrolet Epica
Holden Epica
PredecessorChevrolet Evanda
Daewoo Magnus
Holden Vectra
Engine(s)1.8 L E-TEC II I4
2.0 L RA 420 SOHC I4 (turbodiesel)
2.0 L XK I6
2.5 L XK I6
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase2700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4805 mm (189.2 in)
Width1810 mm (71.3 in)
Height1450 mm (57.1 in)
ManualsService Manual

The Chevrolet Epica is a mid-size car built by GM Daewoo in South Korea and marketed worldwide by General Motors as Chevrolet Epica, Chevrolet Tosca and Holden Epica. Codenamed V250, it replaces the Daewoo Magnus and its derivatives.[1] The Chevrolet Epica was officially launched in Europe at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show.[2] The Tosca is noteworthy in that it is available with transversely-mounted straight-six engines.[3] Contrary to the preceding models (V100 Leganza and V200 Magnus), which were styled by Giugiaro, the V250 was designed entirely in-house.[4]


GM Daewoo's official press releases says that Tosca is an acronym for "Tomorrow Standard Car".[5] "Tosca" is also a popular opera by Giacomo Puccini.[6] The "Chevrolet Epica" name was previously used on V200 Daewoo Magnus models sold in Canada, Latin America, China, Europe, Arabia and Micronesia. Since April 2007, the Tosca has been marketed as the Holden Epica for the Australian and New Zealand markets, replacing the Holden Vectra, sourced from Opel in Germany.[7] It is also manufactured and sold in Kazakhstan as Chevrolet Epica since June 2007.[8]


Daewoo's XK straight-six engines are designed by Porsche[9], and they are what distinguish the Tosca from other similar vehicles. The V250 is a front-wheel drive car and the engines are mounted transversely; this configuration requires the straight-six engine to be very compact and packed quite tight. The Tosca was launched with two versions of the straight-six of different displacements: the 2.5 litre, which was carried over from the Magnus, and a 2.0 litre,[3] which replaces the Holden-sourced E-TEC II 2.0 litre used in the previous model.[10] Since 2006, a 1.8 litre version of the E-TEC II engine model is also available in the South Korean market. This engine is coupled to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.[3]

GM also announced that in early 2007 these engines will be joined by a 2.0 litre RA 420 SOHC straight-four common rail turbodiesel, producing 112 kilowatts (150 hp) and 310 newton metres (229 ft·lbf) of torque. The engine, co-developed by GM Powertrain, GM Daewoo, and VM Motori, debuted in the Daewoo Winstorm, and was the first diesel engine used in a Daewoo car.[11] In early 2008, Daewoo launched an updated version of Tosca with new six-speed automatic tramsmission in South Korea. There are two versions of six-speed automatic transmission: GM 6T40 for the 2.0 and 2.5 litre pertrol engines and GM 6T45 for the 2.0 litre diesel engine. At the same time, Daewoo also revised rear portion of the car, changing the rear combination lamp and rear bumper.[12]

Engine Power Torque Transmission
1.8 L E-TEC II I4
1991 cc RA 420 SOHC I4 (turbodiesel) 110 kW (148 hp) 320 N·m (236 lb·ft)
1993 cc XK I6 104 kW (139 hp) 195 N·m (144 lb·ft)
2492 cc XK I6 115 kW (154 hp) 237 N·m (175 lb·ft)

(Source: Jarosław Maznas. "A teraz Epica (Polish)". Auto Motor i Sport (June 2006): 50–51. )


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  2. "The New Chevrolet Epica". GoAuto. John Mellor. 2006-02-06. Retrieved on 2008-04-08. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "New in the mid-size category: Chevrolet Epica with a straight six". General Motors. 2006-02-27. Retrieved on 2006-06-16. 
  4. Couture, Justin (2006-02-27). "New GMDAT Tosca Previews 07 Chevy Epica". Automobile. Retrieved on 2008-02-23. 
  5. Pettendy, Marton (2005-12-06). "First look: Holden's medium sedan future!". GoAuto. John Mellor Pty Ltd. Retrieved on 2007-10-09. 
  6. "GM Daewoo Sings "Tosca" With its Suzuki Verona Replacement". Edmunds Inc. 2005-02-12. Retrieved on 2007-10-09. 
  7. Scott, Stuart (2007-08-06). "Epica: Holden's budget performer". The Sunday Mail. News Limited. Retrieved on 2008-01-22. 
  8. "Three Chevrolet models to be assembled in Kazakhstan". GM Europe. 2007-04-24. Retrieved on 2007-10-09. 
  9. "NRMA Car Review - Holden Epica 2.0 CDX & 2.5 CDXi". Open Road (NRMA): 22. May 2007. Retrieved on 9 October 2007. 
  10. "Daewoo Magnus: краткая история" (in Russian). Daewoo MAGNUS. Retrieved on 2007-10-09. 
  11. "New Chevrolet Captiva: compact SUV debuts at Geneva". Global Auto Index. Global Auto Systems Europe Kft. 2006-01-16. Retrieved on 2007-01-25. 
  12. "GM Daewoo Introduces First Six-Speed Automatic Transmissions Developed by a Korean Automaker". General Motors. 2008-01-23. Retrieved on 2008-04-08.