Chevrolet has decided to bring the SSR Pickup back for the 2009 model year. Having given less than a stellar performance when it was first introduced in 2003, the new SSR Pickup received a facelift and a complete redesign before being put back into production.
The 2009 SSR Pickup comes equiped with a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 engine that generates 390 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. The new Chevy SSR engine is much more powerful than its predecessor and is the high performance vehicle that many people expected from the first model.
The retro design pick up truck will seat five passengers comfortably this time around as opposed to the first one offered, which only came as two seaters.
The look was taken from Chevy trucks of the 1940′s and features a symmetrical dash and body-color trim that are reminiscent of the good old days with an elegant modern touch. What’s more the exterior colors come with cool names such as Aqua Blue Metallic, Redline Red, Ricochet Silver Metallic, Slingshot Yellow, and Smokin’ Asphalt.
Designed to be a high performance vehicle and as such it provides an exhilarating ride fee of all the squeaks and rattles that plagued the earlier models. The designers retained the retractable hardtop but added a locable pickup box that offers a cargo capacity of 22.5 cubic feet.
The Chevrolet Suburban has been in continuous production longer than in other model vehicle in history. Production began in 1935 and considering the extreme ongoing popularity of the vehicle, the Suburban name plate will continue long into the future.
Built on the Chevrolet pickup truck platform, the Suburban is an station wagon/sport utility combination and has proven to be one of General Motor’s most profitable vehicles.
The GMC Suburban built from 1973 through 1991 was 4 door vehicle (all previous versions having 1 drivers door and 2 passenger doors) and the GMC Suburban engine was offered in diesel and gasoline. The base engine was small block 350 cubick inch V8 with a 400 cubic inch offered as an upgrade. The big block V8 was offered for the first time in these models.
The mid 1990′s saw a revised interior that offered all bench seating which could accomodate up to 9 passengers comfortably and still had plenty of space behind the last row of seats to haul a considerable amount of cargo.
For the 21st century, Chevrolet began offering both a 1/2 ton version and a 3/4 ton version with two types of trim packages: the LS or the LT. The LT trim package included OnStar as a standard feature as well as a 6.0 Liter engine.
The Chevrolet Suburban LT engine would include Vortec technology along with an 8.1 Liter engine for the 3/4 ton model.
The latest models have redesigned interiors and stability control will be standard for all models for the first time. The towing package included with these newest Suburbans is the best offered on any 4×4 SUV passenger vehicle sold in the United States today. They have the ability to tow up to 9,600 pound for the 3/4 ton models.
Manufactured from 2003 to 2006, the Cherolet SSR was based on the Chevrolet TrailBlaxerEXT’s Platform. Chevy gave the SSR a retro design with a retractable steel hardtop, in all actuality, a convertible pickup truck. It was first introduced to the American public in a 60 second TV spot featuring the song “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf.
The concept car was introduced at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show and a prototype was featured as the pace car for the 2003 Inidianapolis 500 auto race.
The Vortec 5300 engine, a 5.3 Liter 300 horsepower V8 was used in both the 2003 and 2004 models but the performance was less than desirable. To correct this issue, General Motors opted to switch to the same engine being used for the C6 Corvette and the Pontiac GTO for the 2005 models. An optional six speed manual transmission was also included in 2005.
Sales of the Chevy SSR were below expectations from the outset and only 9000 units were moved in the first year of production. Because of the the lackluster sales in that first year, General Motors scaled back production and in November of 2005 announced that it would permanently close the Lansing factory where the SSR was made and the model was retired.
The SSR was a classically designed vehicle that GM hoped would be one of its best movers. Unfortunately, for reasons never clearly understood, the convertible pickup never performed up to expectations. However, GM took the SSR back to the design table and has made significant changes to the engine and interior “extras” and plans to bring the retro truck back in time for the 2009 model year.
The Chevrolet Sprint was marketed in the United States and Canada beginning in 1985. The Sprint was created in a joint venture with Suzuki. General Motors has used the same model platform and marketed the vehicle under several different badges.
In fact this model has had 4 different monikers in North America alone. These include Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Pontiac Firefly and Chevrolet Metro.
General Motors originally offered all of these models as a 3 door hatchback. Due to the popularity of inexpensive subcompact, a 5 door hatchback option was brought out in 1986 named the Chevy Sprint Plus.
A Turbo Sprintwas introduced in 1987 and this one remained in production through 1990. Turbo charged versions of the 1.0 Liter 3 cylinder were limited in the colors they were offered in. The available colors included red, white and blue.
Frome 1985 through 1988 the Chevy Sprint and the Chevy Sprint Metro both employed a computer controlled carbureted 1.0 liter 3 cylinder engine that employed a hemispherical head design. Adding fuel injection required that the cylinder head be redesigned in order to add the additional cooling the engine required. This had the added effect of reducing the gase mileage.
Finally the Sprint was rebadged as the Geo Metro. The popularity of the vehicle has been attributed to the economical base sticker price. For $5000 this vehicle came with AM/FM radio plus a cassette tape player and a digital clock as the only “extras”. Parents of college students where the average customer for these stripped down base models.
The Chevrolet Van was one of several vans made by General Motors for North America. The term “Chevrolet van” also refers to the entire series of vans sold by Chevrolet. The first Chevrolet van was released in 1961 on the Corvair platform, and the latest Chevrolet van in production is the Chevrolet Express.
The Chevy Greenbrier van was brought on line in the early 60′s and used a flat 6 opposed rear engine with air cooling.
The first forward engine design was the 1971 ChevyVan/Vandura.The Handivan was the original classic flat windshield van. It included as options a four and six cylinder inline engine. It had a boxy design which was perfect for hauling cargo. The base model for this was the Handivan and came with or without windows and had side doors in the rear. Consistent with its original design to be a cargo van, even the heater and front passenger seats came as options.
An all new body style was introduced the next year and this was continued through 1995. Small changes were made and interior components were updated. It was also manufactured under the name GMC Rally but the essential components of the vehicle remained the same.
By 1986 Chevrolet had may all the engine fuel injected a was upgraded to a 4.3 liter V6. Chevrolet also made the Sportvan available with a diesel engine.
By 1995, its last year of production the Sportvan had all the features of a full conversion van but the rearseats were left out, keeping with the original design premise of work/utility vehicle.
The Chevy Spectrum was released in the us in 1985 as a compact car. The Spectrum was a really a rebadged version of the Isuzu I- Mark. and very similar in styling to the Geo Storm. GM differentiated between the tow by styling the Spectrum with a wide front grille wil square grid openings and sealed beam headlights with front side marker lights that were located on the sides of the front bumper.
The Spectrum was offered in 2 body styles: the 2 door hatchback and the 4 door sedan. Bother were powered with a 1.5 Liter inline 4 cylinder engine.In 1989 the Spectrum received a light facelift when the gille was widened to alarge rectangle with two cross bars. Slight updates to the interior were effected as well and the transmission and engine remained the same.
1989 was also the last year the Spectrum would carry the Chevy name plate, passing for a short period as a Geo Spectrum before being dropped completely in 1990.
The Chevy Silverado 3500HD is a heavy duty variant of General Motors light truck series. First offered in 1999, the 3500 is the workhorse of the heavyduty lineup and is popular vehicle for farmwork. A particular favorite for ranchers and farmers alike is the dually series which provides greater stability for hauling heavy cargo.
The Chevy Silverado 3500HD offers the same engine and transmission features as the 2500HD however it is offered with “dually” twin wheels at the rear and has a stronger suspension and axle. The HD models are primarily used for towing and high-weight cargo.
The Silverado 3500 is offered with the Duramax V8 with 360 hp (268 kW) at 3000 rpm and 650 lbÂ·ft (881 NÂ·m) of torque at 1600 rpm. Also available is the Vortec 8100 V8 with 340 hp (254 kW) at 4200 rpm and 455 lbÂ·ft (617 NÂ·m) of torque at 3200 rpm.
The 3500 can tow up to 16,700 lb and haul 5,511 lb of cargo.
The Chevy Silverado 2500 is a heavy duty variant of the light truck. The HD series offered by Chevrolet is available in 3 different packages: the 1500hd, the 2500hd and the 3500hd.
The 2500hd is offered with two different engine options:the V8 duramax engine and the also available is the Vortec 8100 V8 with 340 hp (254 kW) at 4200 rpm and 455 lbÂ·ft (617 NÂ·m) of torque at 3200 rpm.
The 2500hd comes with a five speed Allison 1000 transmission. For the 2006 and 2007 models this is also available in the six speed variant. the 2500HD has a towing capacity of 16,100 lb (7,303 kg) with the 8.1 liter engine or 10,600 lb (4808 kg) with the 6.0 liter engine, and 4,058 lb (1,841 kg)
There have been many variations of the Chevy truck, dating all the way back to the 1930′s. However the first trucks to actually carry the moniker “Chevy Silverado 1500” were produced in 1999 and continued through 2008 when the extended cabs were produced. The truck is now available in both regular cab and extended cab versions.
Various engines have been used the the vehicle and numerous redesigns and upgrades have taken place since the trucks inception in 1999. The first of these engines was the 4.3 L Vortec 4300 L35 or LU3 V6 engines.
A high performance version was introduced in 2003 called the Silverado SS. It included an ugraded trim package and a redesigned drive train was offered as well. The engine had been upgraded and included the 5.3 liter 285 hp (213 kW) 325 lbÂ·ft (441 NÂ·m) and also the 6.0 liter Vortec High-Output V8 rated at 345 hp (257 kW) at 5200 rpm and 380 lbÂ·ft (515 NÂ·m) of torque at 4000 rpm.
A military version of the truck is offered as well and is affectionately known as the Milverado and is being used by the US Army under the COMBATT (Commercially Based Tactical Truck) program. The GM bid beat rival bids from Chrysler (Dodge RAM 2500/3500), Ford (F-350 Super Duty) and Hummer (H1097A2 Wagon). While the platform is similar to the civilian issue Silverado, the military platform is understandabley heavily armored.
The Chevy S10 truck was first marketed by General Motors in 1982 under the name S15 and Sonoma. A high performance version was also released called the GMC Cyclone.
The Isuzu Hombre was another version of the Chevy S10 produced from 1996 through the year 2000. An suv version was also produced and was known as the S10 Blazer. Together these were know as the S Series Trucks.
By 1994 all of the special editions were gone and the Iron Duke and 2.8 L 60Â° V6 engines were dropped, leaving just the 4.3 L Vortec and a new 2.2 L engine, itself a derivative of the old Cavalier OHV. A high-output version of the 4.3 was offered on the “SS” model. The ChevyS10 SS was a high performance version of the S10 and a limited amount were produced yearly.
The S10 Blazer was introduced in 1983 a year after the S10 pickup was placed on the market as a replacement for the outgoing Chevy Luv. The Blazer was based on the S10 pickup platform and shared many features with the pickup. Most differences were cosmetic, although some stylizing cues were based on the K5 Blazer and the Jimmy. The most notable difference was the non removable hard top which its larger counterparts came standard with.
GM’s 2.0 L OHV four cylinder engine was originally offered as an option but the V6 was refitted with a throttle-body fuel injection system for 1986 in order to improve performance and fuel economy. This engine was enormously popular as it was felt the four cylinder had offered too little in the way of power.
In 1993 the S10 Blazer engine was overhauled again to the 4.3 L (262 cu in) LB4 V6. This would be the last change besides slight cosmetic upgrade that Chevrolet would give to the S10 Blazer and in 1994 it was dropped from the Chevrolet line up.
The Geo Prizm was born from the combined efforts of both General Motors and Toyota. Meant to be an entry level compact car, the Prizm was part of the General Motors foray into small import vehicles.
The Prizm replaced the Nova and was initially offered with a 130 horsepower (97 kW) twin-cam engine, sport suspension, disc brakes, and 14-inch (360 mm) wheels. In 1998 General Motors decided that the GEO brand name was confusing to consumers and the decision was made to convert the Prizm and all other Geo models over to the Chevrolet brand name. It was felt that Geo lacking the selling power and legitimacy that the name Chevrolet could provide. And in fact the name change did make a difference, reviving sagging sales and allowing the Prizm to make dents in Ford’s hold on the domestic compact car sales.
1998 was the last redesign seen by the Prizm enginesbefore Chevrolet dropped the product from its line up in 2002.