GM working on a performance-oriented Chevrolet sedan as it trademarks SS badge

Article by Christian A., on April 24, 2012

A new, rear-wheel-drive, performance-oriented Chevrolet sedan – likely to be dubbed as the Chevrolet SS -- may be built on the Zeta platform. This platform had been used for the Pontiac G8, whose lifespan was cut short because it was launched when GM was on the brink of bankruptcy and as the Pontiac brand was discontinued.

A V-8-powered Zeta sedan could only be bought in the U.S. if it’s a law enforcement organization that wants to buy the Chevrolet Caprice PPV. However, rumors have been circulating that a Zeta-based Chevy consumer offering will be released soon. It’s believed that Chevrolet’s new NASCAR Sprint Cup car may be patterned after a new production vehicle but with just one new nameplate.

But while the 2013 Malibu and 2014 Impala seem to be the primary contenders, none of these nameplates are new. The timing appears to be right as the Zeta-based Holden Commodore is due for a refresh (the VF generation) for the 2014 model year. This week, GM Authority found an April 2012 trademark filing by GM that covers the “SS” badge, stating that it will be used in vehicles. According to the patent filing, the badge’s first use is in March 2009.

Its patent image is almost the same as the badges presently used on the LS3-powered Camaros. It may appear that the trademark is hoping to cover an existing badge but there’s still a possibility that this isn’t the case after all. If the late Cobalt SS is excluded, GM hasn’t actually filed for the trademarks for the SS versions of its current model names.

Also, there were no emissions. It has been cited in various publications forms, one of which is from a department in 2009 and was reprinted by GM Authority. It had mentioned a “MY11.5 Chevy Police Program and MY12 Chevy SS.” This implies that after about six months, the Caprice PPV would be followed with a civilian Zeta sedan. 

The interior of the SS reveals that it can seat five adults in comfort. With legroom in the front of 42.3 inches (1,074 mm) and rear of 39.7 inches (1,008 mm), space in indeed large.

Fitted inside as standard are leather seating surfaces. Further, the front bucket seats have eight-way power adjustability. Adding in that side bolstering means that both driver and the passenger in the front are comfortable even in tight-handling scenarios. On the exterior, the SS shows a combination of premium details and performance cues. Both the wheels on the front and the rear being pushed out to the corners help this model’s muscular stance and athletic look. Starting in the rear, the tear-drop and narrow shape helps enhance the aerodynamic performance on this model.

Rounding off the design of the rear section are the dual-exhaust tips. This helps ensure that the SS is able to give the sound that customers expects from this model. Going to the sides, there is a character line that begins in the hood and goes all the way to the trunk lid. This gives the SS that well-known wedge shape thereby highlighting even more the muscular sheet metal and the planted look.

As the model starts to narrow to the rear end, the C-pillar begins to flow to the deck lid. This particular design cue is what the SS has in common with other sedans from Chevrolet.

On the front end, its aluminum hood gives a subtle hint of its power bulge providing a clue to what the engine under it can offer. When it comes to premium features, the SS has the LED daytime running lights and the high-intensity discharge headlamps. Then there are the chrome accents which give them the appearance of jewels. Still on the exterior, there will be five choices for the color which are Heron White, Mystic Green Metallic, Phantom Black, Red Hot 2, and Silver Ice Metallic.

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