2003 Chevrolet SSR

GM Debuts Production Version of SSR Roadster Pickup
By: Michael Levine Last Edited: 08-20-01 00:00
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The long anticipated production version of the Chevrolet SSR Roadster Pickup bowed last week near Detroit, MI during the 2001 Woodward Dream Cruise.

Driven by GM CEO Rick Wagoner, the Chevrolet SSR has apparently stayed true to the original concept that debuted in Detroit in January 2000 during the North American International Auto Show.

The truck shown in these pictures is probably one of the 'alpha' builds that GM creates to check quality in the production line. Actual full-scale production is expected to begin in November with the SSR reaching dealer showrooms by early 2002.

Of note, the production SSR apparently keeps the 19" Goodyears up front and 20" tires in the rear. The interior IP and passenger compartment shares almost all of the parts with other GM vehicles to help reduce costs and speed time to production. The bench seating from the concept has been replaced with buckets.

The SSR will be built on the same GMT360 platform that the Trailblazer/Envoy/Bravada triplets use. No official word yet on engine choice, though we speculate its the Vortec 5300.

The SSR's interior continues the retro theme