Home / Auto News / News article: Chevy Cruze SS Not Planned After All, But More Powerful Model Is - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Mar 24 2011, 8:30 AM

Despite reports to the contrary, the team at Car & Driver are reporting Chevrolet has no plans to introduce a Cruze SS model. But that doesn’t mean a more powerful version isn’t in the cards.

Wait? So wouldn’t a more potent Cruze be a Cruze SS, you’re asking? Not exactly.

Rather than a sport-compact-style machine, designed to compete with cars like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3, a more powerful Cruze would be targeted as more of an up-scale machine. It could, however, make use of either the 182-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder currently found in some GM models. Better yet, it could also get the 2.0T that makes anywhere from 220 to 260-hp.

How this would differ from the new Buick Verano is then hard to see.

As for a sport-compact machine designed to appeal to a young male audience, look toward the sub-compact Sonic to fulfill that niche for GM.

[Source: Car & Driver]

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  • Ralph Weeks

    Seriously… if you put the 2.4 or the 2.0T then its just a Buick Verano. Don’t the GM folks remember what happened the last time they offered 4 flavors of the same car.

  • Josh

    why wouldn’t make an ss model. the cruze is suppose to replace the cobalt so how can you not make an ss model. I really hope they do cuz from the pictures i saw I would for sure buy it.