PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2003 Chevrolet SSR


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Mid to High $30k's

Vortec® 5300 V8
285hp (estimated)
325ft-lbs. of torque (estimated)

Two transmission choices are possible for the Colorado

- 4L60-E Four-speed automatic

- 4L80-E Four-speed automatic



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The Chevrolet SSR originally debuted as a concept vehicle at the 2000 North American International Auto Show. After receiving so much praise and interest from consumers and critics alike, the SSR was given the greenlight for production.

The SSR draws its retro looks from the 1953 Chevrolet pickup. The SSR wears the same full-width, barred grille and rounded headlights and fenders as its fifties predecessor. However, it includes some modern features such as a two-piece power retractable hardtop and a covered bed. The hardtop stows vertically between the two front bucket seats and the bed.

Many of the SSR's part actually come from GM's existing vehicles. The rear view mirrors are from the Corvette, suspension components from the Camaro and the same chassis as GM's Trailblazer midsize SUV.

A 5.3-liter Vortec V8 will be the sole powerplant available and only an automatic transmission will be offered.

The hydroformed chassis, with its eight crossmembers for stiffness and handling, is modified to accommodate the V8.

The SSR will be built at GM's Lansing Craft Centre in Lansing, Michigan, in partnership with ASC Incorporated.

Exterior Design:
The SSR's distinctive exterior is inspired by trucks from GM's past.

Interior Design:
Like the concept, the SSR will conceal its controls for temperature, sound and navigation behind a dashboard-mounted panel door.

Engine choice will be limited to a single 5.3-liter V8 pumping out an expected 285+ horsepower.