OnStar unintentionally releases new Chevy model name: SS Performance

Article by Anita Panait, on April 27, 2012

Clues have been appearing on what Chevrolet will dub its unnamed new model. Bloggers and enthusiasts have been gathering and piecing together clues that lead to a conclusion: the new model will be dubbed as Chevrolet SS. The ironic thing about it is that the source was Chevrolet’s own parent, General Motors.

OnStar’s online site listed GM models compatible with a mobile app that allows remote vehicle access through smartphones. Interestingly, the site contained a list of Chevrolet cars for the 2014 model year, and there sprouted the name “SS Performance.”

The discovery was purely an accidental one. Tech blogger Christopher Price said that he discovered GM’s blunder while searching for the OnStar vehicle profile for his 2009 Pontiac G6. The list has since disappeared from OnStar’s site after someone informed them of the slip-up.

Another was a report from GM Authority that GM has filed for U.S. patent rights to trademark the SS name. Speculation about the Chevy’s new car sparked in March when GM said it will replace Chevy's current NASCAR entry, the Impala, with a new race car.  GM said back then that a production version, with specs almost similar to the racer, is at hand, and will be rolled out under a new nameplate.

It was also speculated that the unnamed model will be the civilian version of the V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Caprice PPV. No matter what the model or specs of the new car are, it does not change the fact that there are signs that it would be named as SS, or Super Sport, which was the name given to a performance package on the 1961 Impala.

The main feature of the interior of the Chevrolet SS is that it will have enough room for five adults to sit in comfort. With legroom in the front measuring 1,074 mm (42.3 in.) and legroom in the rear of 1,008 mm (39.7 in.), there is no doubt that enough space is available. Standard equipment includes the seating surfaces in leather with the bucket seats in the front offering power eight-way adjustability.

The addition of side bolsters on these same seats ensures that occupants in the front are comfortable even when under tight-handling scenarios. The appearance of the SS is more than excellent considering that it mixes premium details and performance cues. Starting with the rear section, its narrow shape results in a form similar to a tear-drop. This ensures that aerodynamic performance is enhanced.

Other premium cues on this region are the chrome accents which make it appear like a jewel. It also comes fitted with the high-intensity discharge headlamps as standard and even has the daytime running lights which use LEDs. Rounding up the design in the rear is the dual-exhaust tips which also ensure that it emits that sound many expect from the vehicles that they own.

Meanwhile on the side is a character line which begins from its hood and goes all the way to the trunk lid. This results in that typical wedge shape, highlighting even further the vehicle’s more rooted stance and the muscular sheet metal. As the vehicle narrows to the rear section, the C-pillar is able to flow to the deck lid. This design cue is expected as it can be observed in the other sedan models of the Chevrolet.

On the front, its aluminum hood has that subtle “power bulge” which provides a clue to what the engine’s true capability is. While the design in indeed excellent, the muscular and athletic posture of the new SS is improved even further by putting both the front wheels and the rear wheels outward on the corners.

For the SS, Chevrolet revealed that it will be offering five colors for the exterior which are Heron White, Mystic Green Metallic, Phantom Black, Red Hot 2, and Silver Ice Metallic.

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