Chevrolet Shows Five Performace Inspired Concepts Ahead of SEMA Debut
Chevrolet too has previewed some of the performance-oriented concepts that it is going to display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The range of the vehicles that will be exhibited includes some of the most popular models: SS Sport, Sonic, Impala and Cruze. The SEMA concepts are equipped with accessories that allow personalization. In fact, some accessories are already available at dealerships, while other will debut at the show and are currently evaluated for production.
The first vehicle to be displayed at SEMA is the Chevrolet SS Sport concept, which is inspired by company's motorsports heritage. Its unique features include improved "Some Like It Red Hot" exterior with body-color door handles and mirrors, Chevrolet Accessories grille kit, fog lamp bezels, side fender vents and rear spoiler, stripes for the hood and deck lid, wheel caps with the Holden logo, sport pedal kit and cargo net and floor mats and cargo tray with the Holden logo.
The car is running on new high-gloss black wheels that come in the size of 20 x 8.5-inch at the front and 20 x 9-inch at the rear. The car is driven by the LS3 V-8 engine, which produces 415 horsepower (310 kW) and 415 lb-ft of torque (563 Nm). The unit is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission, but can be also mated to a six-speed, paddle-shift automatic one. What is more, this concept also gets as a standard Magnetic Ride Control and new Brembo rear brakes that complement the Brembo front brakes.
The second concept t be shown at the event is the Sonic Performance concept, which draws on the legacy of Chevrolet's high-performance vehicles reimagined for a new generation of enthusiasts. The car includes engine performance, suspension/brakes and appearance upgrades. Precisely, the package includes Chevrolet Performance Stage Kit, cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system allowing the 1.4L turbo engine to produce more power for a more exciting driving experience.
There are also featured a track-tuned suspension system developed by Chevrolet Performance, which lowers the ride height for a sportier stance, Synergy Green exterior color accented with white; Chevrolet Accessories white headlamp rings, tail lamp rings, grille surround, mirror covers and rear spoiler, Concept ground effects package, 17-inch aluminum wheels in white and Chevrolet Accessories carpeted floor mats, door sills and sport pedals.
In addition, this Sonic is also equipped with an advanced safety package that comes with forward collision alert and lane departure warning as well as a rear vision camera. It also features 10 standard air bags and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
The other Sonic in the range of Chevy's SEMA-bound concepts is the Sonic Accessories concept. It was built to emphasize the personalization possibilities of the car and includes Summit White exterior color with an offset matte black stripe, Chevrolet Accessories white headlamp rings and tail lamp rings, black grille surround, mirror covers and rear spoiler, suspension kit with lowered ride height, carpeted floor mats, door sills and sport pedals.
The car is running on black 17-inch aluminum wheels and also packs a Kicker subwoofer and amplifier to complement its street-smart style with the appropriate decibels. The vehicle is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbo which generates 138 horsepower (103kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) of torque between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.
Impala Blackout concept is the fourth revealed SEMA vehicle, which features blacked-out cues that lend it a sinister attitude. The tuning is simple, but effective and includes Chevrolet Accessories black grille surround, rear spoiler, painted mirror caps and 19-inch aluminum wheels. Here however the interior was modified and gets custom trim plates with a wire mesh pattern, along with Chevrolet Accessories stainless steel sills and a sport pedal kit. This Impala also rocks with 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System, which connects to the Chevrolet MyLink system via an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen.
Under the hood of the car is the 3.6L V-6 engine. It produces 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 264 lb-ft of torque (358 Nm). This powerplant is segment's most forcefull naturally aspirated V-6 engine.
The last concept which Chevvrolet has revealed is the Cruze RS Plus. It has received a revised exterior styling, enhanced interior and better connectivity. The latter is ensured by the Text Message Alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The RS package comes with unique fascias, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps, while an uplevel instrument cluster includes chrome accent rings in place of the standard silver finish, and opaque cluster bezels that allow the cluster's ice blue backlighting to shine through.
Cruze RS Plus concept adds over this a custom Wildfire Metallic exterior, along with lower body moldings and a custom rear spoiler. As you can see there is also a twin-stripe package in matte black. Inside, the driver and occupants will enjoy a Jet Black interior that also gets Chevrolet Accessories ambient lighting kit and illuminated door sills as well as sport pedal kit and a Kicker subwoofer and amplifier kit.
This last concept in Chevrolet's range is powered by the 1.4L turbo engine, which has been enhanced via a stage kit from Chevrolet Performance. There has been also added a fresh-air intake system.