Chevrolet previews performance concepts ahead of SEMA
Chevrolet has revealed a set of SEMA showcars designed to highlight the range of personalization options available for new-car buyers. The SEMA specials range from a hotted-up Sonic hatchback to a blacked-out Chevy Impala.
First cab off the rank is the Chevrolet SS Sport Concept, which combines a special red exterior finish with black stripes and gloss-black 20-inch wheels. The car is also fitted with a special grille kit, covering the fog lamp, fender air vents and rear-spoiler, while in a nod to the SS’ Australian heritage, Chevy has fitted Holden badges on the rims.
Inside, the concept’s floor mats and cargo tray have also been given Holden-badging, while the standard car’s pedals have been replaced with a sports kit from the Chevy accessory kit.
Power is provided by the stock car's 415 hp (310 kW) LS3 V8, which is now available with a six-speed manual gearbox to sit alongside the six-speed automatic in the lineup. Rear Brembo brakes join the front Brembos that were standard on the 2014 car, along with magnetic ride control which is standard on the 2015 SS.
Sitting alongside the SS Sport Concept will be two modified Sonic hatchbacks. The Chevrolet Sonic Performance Concept sees the the 1.4-liter engine’s power output boosted through a cold-air induction system and a free-flowing exhaust system.
To earn its “Performance” tag, the first Sonic concept’s green body hides a sports suspension setup, which lowers the hatchback’s ride height for sharper handling and a stronger presence on the road, something that is helped by the car’s white 17-inch alloy wheels. Just in case you didn’t notice the lowered suspension and big wheels, Chevrolet has also fitted a white accessory kit, which matches the grille surround, mirror caps, rear spoiler and head/tail light surround with the car's white offset stripe.
Designed to highlight the range of styling accessories available for the Sonic, Chevy’s Sonic Accessories Concept is fitted with a similar exterior package to its sibling, with lowered suspension and 17-inch wheels finished in black. The exterior is topped off by white surrounds on the head and tail lights, as well as a black grille surround, mirror caps and rear spoiler.
A Kicker subwoofer provides some extra punch to the standard car’s sound system, but the Accessories Concept is still powered by the a standard 1.4-liter, 138 hp (103 kW) turbocharged engine.
For its appearance at SEMA in 2014, the Chevy Impala has been blacked out. The exterior (right down to the headlamp surrounds) is finished in black, the interior is trimmed in black leather, with stainless steel scuff plates on the door sills. The concept is also fitted with an 11-speaker Bose sound system and under the hood, the car’s V6 engine produces 305 hp (227 kW) and 264 lb.ft (358 Nm).
The final Chevrolet making an appearance at SEMA showcases the RS package that can be fitted to the 2015 Cruze, which includes fascia changes, a unique rear spoiler and fog lamps. Inside, the RS pack also contains some small interior changes, including chrome-ringed instruments. Chevy’s RS Plus concept takes this package a step further, with a unique bodykit and rear spoiler finished in “Wildfire Metallic” paint, while matte black racing stripes round the styling out.
A Kicker subwoofer and amplifier provide some extra audio punch, and under the hood Chevy has upgraded the 1.4-liter turbo engine with a cold-air intake kit.
All five cars will be on display at SEMA in Las Vegas next month, where Gizmag will be on the ground covering all the action.