But of course, there is a major catch.
For years, we've been begging Chevy to bring back its sporty SS models. Cars like the Cobalt SS, Trailblazer SS, and even the HHR SS were incredibly cool at the time, but Chevy has yet to replace any of them with new SS models. At least, that's what we thought.
After the Cobalt SS went out of production in 2010, Chevy never decided to build an SS version of its replacement, the Cruze. At the 2018 São Paulo Motor Show, however, Chevy finally showed off a sporty hatchback model based on the Cruze. That's right, after a nearly decade-long hiatus, the SS name is back with the Cruze SS Concept.
Let's start off with what's awesome here. The Cruze SS Concept is powered by a tiny 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which has been tuned to produce 295 horsepower. For reference, the stock 1.4-liter Ecotec engine only develops 153 hp. Unfortunately, all of that grunt is still sent out to the front wheels only, though Chevy did say it made significant modifications to the suspension. In other disappointing news, the Concept is powered by an automatic transmission, not a manual.
Chevy didn't release any performance specs, so it is anyone's guess how fast it actually is. Visually, the Cruze SS has been given gloss black accents including black 20-inch wheels with red brake calipers.
Inside, the front seats have been replaced with racing buckets along with harnesses, though the rest of the interior looks disappointingly like a stock Cruze.
We've reached out to Chevy for more details on the car, though it seems like the company went out of its way not to publicize it. This is a sporty hatchback that we've been clamoring for, yet Chevy decided to reveal it at a smaller show in South America rather than a major auto show like Detroit or LA. If we had to guess, this concept has almost zero chance for production in South America or the United States.
Perhaps if enough people email Chevy asking for one, the company could put it into production. Too bad most people will never see it because Chevy didn't even announce the car on any of its major social media accounts.