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General Motors announced this afternoon the impending arrival of the HHR Premiere Edition to Chevy's lineup. The Premiere Edition is actually a package option that will only be made available on 4,000 HHRs at a price of $995. For the extra G you get a unique Cappuccino Frost Metallic paint job and Ebony/Gray two-tone interior (no pics of that available yet). The Premiere Edition is based on the range-topping 2LT model that's powered by GM's 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder producing 175 horsepower. Special touches for the PE over a standard 2LT include the use of black chrome on the exterior trim and wheels rather than bright chrome, smoked lenses on the headlights and foglamps, color-keyed body bits including the running boards and rearview mirrors, an acent stripe below the beltline, an aero wing spoiler above the rear hatch, black roof rails, a leather steering wheel and custom floor mats. Though obviously just an appearance package, the Premiere Edition does set itself apart from the obnoxiously colored orange, red and purple HHRs we always see driving around. However, this limited edition HHR will be the first one with a base price above $20k.

Check out GM's press release after the jump.

[Source: GM]


PRESS RELEASE:

Chevrolet HHR Premiere Edition To Debut In Detroit

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced the HHR Premiere Edition, which features a special Cappuccino Frost Metallic exterior color and a special Ebony/Gray two-tone interior.

Only 4,000 HHR Premiere Editions will be built.

The HHR Premiere Edition begins production early in the first quarter of 2007; it is based on the popular HHR 2LT. The Premiere Edition package is priced at $995 MSRP and includes the following features:
  • Seventeen-inch black chrome wheels
  • Black chrome exterior package
  • Front fog lamps with smoked lenses
  • Headlamps with smoked lenses
  • Color-keyed running boards
  • Color-keyed outside rearview mirrors
  • Exterior accent stripe
  • Aero wing rear spoiler
  • Black, roof-mounted side rails
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrasting stitching
  • Custom floor mats
  • Cappuccino Frost Metallic exterior color
  • Ebony/Gray two-tone interior
The HHR 2LT equipment includes a 2.4L Ecotec engine, FE3 sport suspension, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power outside mirrors, cruise control and remote keyless entry. Also standard is a 260-watt Pioneer sound system with subwoofer, including a front-mounted auxiliary input jack so that an iPod or similar device can be played through the audio system.

"The HHR has been among the hottest selling vehicles in the industry since its introduction last year," said Cheryl Catton, general director of Chevrolet car marketing. "The HHR Premiere and the previously announced HHR Panel will help us maintain that momentum in 2007."

Since its launch, HHR has received five-star crash ratings – the highest rating awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program. The five-star ratings were awarded for the driver and right-front passenger in a frontal crash, as well as five-star side-impact crash ratings for front seat and rear seat passengers. The HHR also was the highest-rated SUV for the 2006 model year in NHTSA rollover testing.