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.
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.
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.
Vortec V8 will be the sole powerplant available and only an automatic
transmission will be offered.
hydroformed chassis, with its eight crossmembers for stiffness and
handling, is modified to accommodate the V8.
SSR will be built at GM's Lansing Craft Centre in Lansing, Michigan,
in partnership with ASC Incorporated.
The SSR's distinctive exterior is inspired by trucks from GM's past.
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.