Chevrolet Revs Up for SEMA with Performance-inspired Previews

Chevrolet has previewed several performance-oriented concepts that are headed for the SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. Based on popular Chevy passenger cars, the concepts feature accessories designed to personalize the cars without changing ride characteristics. Created by General Motors engineers, many of the accessories to be shown are available as add-ons at Chevrolet dealerships and more are being evaluated for production.

Five concepts will be shown, including the SS Sport Concept, two versions of the Sonic, the Impala Blackout, and the Cruze RS.


SS Sport Concept

The V8 sedan is inspired by Chevrolet’s Australian supercars (Holden) heritage with items that reflect the performance of the SS.

*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.


Sonic Performance Concept

Highlighting performance and fun driving in the Sonic hatchback, this concept draws on Chevrolet’s background in high performance vehicles.

*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.


Sonic Accessories Concept

This Sonic showcase features personalization possibilities for buyers of this popular entry-level hatchback. Mixing and matching is encouraged.

*Summit White exterior color with an offset matte black stripe
*Chevrolet Accessories white headlamp rings and tail lamp rings
*Chevrolet Accessories black grille surround, mirror covers and rear spoiler
*Chevrolet Accessories black 17-inch aluminum wheels
*Chevrolet Performance suspension kit with lowered ride height
*Chevrolet Accessories carpeted floor mats, door sills and sport pedals.


Impala Blackout Concept

The Impala was redesigned last year and now it’s one of the most-acclaimed new cars for 2014. The Blackout concept takes the Impala to a new, sinister level.

The Impala Blackout concept builds on the car’s aggressive, acclaimed styling with blacked-out cues that lend it a sinister attitude – all accomplished with paint and accessories available from Chevrolet. The simple-yet-effective formula includes:  Chevrolet Accessories black grille surround, rear spoiler, painted mirror caps and 19-inch aluminum wheels.


Cruze RS Plus Concept

The best-selling small car in Chevrolet’s lineup, the Cruze is a global platform that enjoys a lot of recognition for its general appeal.

The RS Plus concept starts with the Cruze RS package, which has revised exterior styling in unique fascias and rocker moldings, plus a rear spoiler and fog lamps. From there, the Plus adds styling cues with a Wildfire Metallic exterior, unique lower body moldings, a customized rear spoiler, and twin-stripe package in matte black. A performance-enhancing stage kit is added under the hood by Chevrolet Performance.

Aaron Turpen
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