New Epica on sale now From 13,595 on-the-road Choice of 2.0-litre engines – six-cylinder petrol or four-cylinder diesel Incredible levels of standard equipment

Introducing the car that's big on the outside, big on the inside and massive on value! The new Chevrolet Epica is now available in the UK, and offers all of the space, equipment and comfort you'd expect to find on an executive saloon, but for the price of a compact hatchback.

Starting at only £13,595 on-the-road, the Epica is lower in price than most 1.6-litre family hatchbacks, yet is bigger than most cars in the class above. At 4805mm, it is longer than a Ford Mondeo 5-dr, Peugeot 407 or Renault Laguna, yet costs considerably less and comes loaded with standard equipment – it's an extremely affordable way of owning the everyday legend that is a Chevrolet.

What's more, petrol-engined Epicas are the least expensive six-cylinder cars on the market. Renowned for their smoothness, six-cylinder engines are normally the preserve of executive or high performance models, yet thanks to an ingenious, transverse layout and compact block, the Epica brings the refinement and smoothness normally reserved for exclusive customers right to the masses.

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For those seeking even greater efficiency and economy, there's also a diesel option featuring a state-of-the-art common-rail four-cylinder engine, offering combined cycle fuel economy of 46.3mpg. Diesel customers will also have the option of a new six-speed automatic transmission.

Whichever Epica you choose, you can be guaranteed great value for money. The car will be available in two trim levels, LS and LT. Both versions have exceptional standard equipment, with the entry-level 2.0LS petrol getting air conditioning, cruise control, electric front and rear windows, a CD-stereo with MP3 input socket, remote audio controls, front fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, front, side and curtain airbags and power-adjustable mirrors.

LT spec cars add electronic climate control, rear parking sensors, leather seat trim, heated front seats, rain sensitive wipers, a CD Autochanger, electrochromatic rear view mirror, power-adjustable driver's seat, trip computer, electronic stability control and 17-inch alloys. LT models will be available only with diesel engines.

Designed and developed with European buyers in mind from the outset, the Epica broadens Chevrolet's product portfolio as part of the brand's aim to be represented in most areas of the car market over the next four years. It is built in a purpose-built state-of-the-art plant in Bupyong, South Korea, which produces over 150,000 Epicas a year.

Safety and dynamics featured highly in the Epica's development process – it features an advanced multilink rear suspension layout and MacPherson struts at the front, while passenger protection is enhanced by the inclusion of six airbags, with a seat-occupant detection system on the front passenger seat which prevents the airbag from activating if a child seat is fitted. LT models further benefit from Electronic Stability Control.

As well as offering lots of value, the Epica offers plenty of passenger space and practicality. The boot offers 480-litres of loadspace and can be released using a button on the car key, while the rear seat features a 60:40 split-folding system should you need to make room for a large or lengthy load.

The cabin is extremely spacious, with an ergonomically designed dashboard, plenty of stowage space and incredibly generous rear legroom, making it the perfect car for grown-up families.