Chevrolet has previewed several performance-oriented concepts of some of the brand’s most popular passenger cars, including the Sonic and all-new Impala. The cars will debut at the SEMA Show next month in Las Vegas, which is the world’s largest convention of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories.
The SEMA concepts feature accessories designed to allow personalisation without sacrificing refinement and ride characteristics, claims Chevrolet.
General Motors’ designers and engineers developed most of the accessories shown on the concept vehicles. Some of the accessories are currently available from Chevrolet dealers. Others are being evaluated for future production.
‘Malibu LTZ’ concept
The Malibu LTZ SEMA concept features Chevrolet Accessories 19-inch wheels with a Sterling Silver finish. A Borla exhaust system lends a throatier note to the 259hp, 2.0L turbocharged engine. A concept Stage Kit and cold-air induction system support increased performance from an engine that already delivers 295 lb-ft of torque, the most in its class.
‘Urban Cool Impala’ concept
All-new for 2014, the Impala’s redesigned looks contributed to a 64 per cent rise in retail sales in September according to Chevrolet. The Urban Cool concept builds on the Impala LTZ with custom-painted grille accents, Chevrolet Accessories concept ground effects and Chevrolet Accessories concept 20-inch wheels painted to match the grille accents.
‘Personalization Cruze Diesel’ concept
A ground effects package by 3dCarbon, as well as an updated front fascia and chin spoiler aim to give this Cruze Diesel concept a more aggressive aesthetic that supports its 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm) – and 0-60 time of 8.6 seconds. Inside, an ambient lighting package has been added. With its 2.0L clean turbo-diesel engine, the Cruze Diesel offers EPA-estimated 46 mpg on the highway – better than any non-hybrid or petrol-powered passenger car in America. It can travel 717 miles on a single tank, or about 10 hours of highway driving.
‘Spark EV Tech Performance’ concept
A pure-electric urban mini-car, the Spark EV uses no petrol, but its GM-built motor and drive unit deliver 400 lb-ft of instant torque – more than the classic 1969 Camaro SS muscle car with a 350 V8 – for improved acceleration. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.
The Tech Performance concept builds on Spark EV’s performance with a new power-delivery algorithm that enhances acceleration even further. Stronger axles support the increased power. Additional features include a backlit Chevrolet “bowtie” emblem in the grille and performance billet aluminum wheels.
‘Ricky Carmichael All-Activity Sonic’ concept
The All-Activity Sonic concept returns for the 2013 SEMA Show – this time themed around American Motorcycle Association champion, X-Games gold medalist and NASCAR racer Ricky Carmichael.
The car features a Chevrolet Performance 1.4L Turbo Stage Kit with high-flow exhaust and an 18-inch wheel-and-tire package featuring custom gloss black with green lip
The exterior is painted satin black that is pearlised with blue, along with custom graphics. The Sonic’s body is accented with a concept rear wing spoiler, smoked lamp housings, ground effects package and a one-off grille. It also wears a THULE roof rack.
Inside, FOX Racing boardshort material is used on the seat inserts, which complements dark green and black leather instrument panel trim and door trim with lime green piping.
‘Performance Sonic RS’ concept
A Stage Kit, cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system allow the 1.4L turbo engine to produce more power. The engine enhancements are supported by a track-tuned suspension system and higher-performance brake upgrade kit, featuring Wilwood front calipers.
The suspension kit lowers the ride height, with Chevrolet Performance 18-inch, split-five-spoke wheels completing the lowered look.
Tinted headlamps and fog lamps, blue-accented window moldings and rear hatch trim and additional exterior accessories, including colour-tinted grille trim, headlamp rings and mirror caps all complement the Lemon Peel Yellow exterior with blue graphics.