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EVENTS: Chevrolet Previews Performance-Inspired SEMA Cars

Press Release: Chevrolet today previewed several performance-oriented concepts of some of the brand’s most popular passenger cars, including the SS Sport, Sonic, Impala and Cruze. They will debut Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas at the SEMA Show, the world’s largest convention of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories.

“Chevrolet’s 2015 passenger car lineup is one of the strongest and most competitive in the industry, offering customers a wide range of great-looking, great-driving and well-connected choices,” said Paul Edwards, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “They’re personal cars, too, and these concepts suggest possibilities of how to amplify Chevrolet’s heritage of performance and fun-to-drive spirit to make them even more personal.”

The SEMA concepts feature accessories designed to allow personalization while maintaining excellent refinement and ride characteristics. General Motors’ engineers developed most of the accessories shown on the concept vehicles. Some accessories are available from Chevrolet dealers, while others are being evaluated for production.

The available accessories are designed, engineered, tested and backed by Chevrolet to be installed by a Chevrolet dealer, which maintains the vehicle warranty – a claim aftermarket manufacturers cannot make.

Leading Chevy’s SEMA charge is the SS Sport concept, followed by a pair of street-savvy subcompact Sonic concepts, a sinister-looking Impala Blackout concept and a sportier take on the Cruze RS.

SS Sport concept (see Album)

Inspired by Chevrolet’s motorsports heritage and its Australian lineage, the SS Sport concept gives the V-8-powered sports sedan a makeover that reflects its performance capability.

Unique features include:

  • Enhanced 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

  • Chevrolet Accessories stripes for the hood and deck lid

  • Chevrolet Accessories high-gloss black 20-inch wheels – 20 x 8.5-inch in front and 20 x 9-inch in the rear

  • Chevrolet Accessories wheel caps with the Holden logo

  • Chevrolet Accessories sport pedal kit and cargo net

  • Chevrolet Accessories floor mats and cargo tray with the Holden logo.

  • Power for the Chevrolet SS comes from the LS3 V-8, delivering an SAE-certified 415 horsepower (310 kW) and 415 lb-ft of torque (563 Nm). For 2015, it is available with a new six-speed manual transmission, along with a six-speed, paddle-shift automatic.

Additionally, the 2015 SS receives standard Magnetic Ride Control – the world’s fastest-reacting damping system – which provides more precise body motion control that correlates with a more responsive, more refined ride. Also new are Brembo rear brakes that complement the Brembo front brakes that have always been part of the SS’s equipment.

Sonic Performance concept (see Album)

This performance-oriented Sonic hatchback concept draws on the legacy of Chevrolet’s high-performance vehicles reimagined for a new generation of enthusiasts. The Sonic Performance concept features engine performance, suspension/brakes and appearance upgrades designed to be installed by Chevrolet dealers for quicker and easier personalization.

The Performance concept package includes:

  • A 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

  • A track-tuned suspension system developed by Chevrolet Performance. The suspension kit lowers the ride height for a sportier stance

  • Synergy Green exterior color accented with white, offset stripe package

  • Chevrolet Accessories white headlamp rings, tail lamp rings, grille surround, mirror covers and rear spoiler

  • Concept ground effects package

  • Chevrolet Accessories 17-inch aluminum wheels in white

  • Chevrolet Accessories carpeted floor mats, door sills and sport pedals.

  • The Sonic Performance concept features an advanced safety package including forward collision alert and lane departure warning – crash-avoidance technologies typically found on cars costing more – as well as a rear vision camera. It also features 10 standard air bags and Bluetooth phone connectivity – just like every production Sonic in the 2015 lineup.

Sonic Accessories concept (see Album)

Built to highlight the personalization possibilities, Sonic Accessories concept allows mixing and matching of the latest accessories for unique treatments.

Sonic Accessories concept highlights include: