• Dec 2nd 2009 at 8:02PM
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Still mourning the death of Chevrolet's pint-sized pocket rocket, the Cobalt SS? According to a report from Motor Authority, you're not alone, and a number of those fellow fans come from right inside Chevrolet's own hallways. This begs the question: With the Cruze set to replace the aging Cobalt for the 2011 model year, is there any chance that General Motors will revive the SS nomenclature for a high performance version? Could be, though we're certainly not holding our breathe.

The powerplant for the supposed Cruze SS is ripe for the picking in the form of the excellent 260-horsepower turbocharged and direct injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder called Ecotec and six-speed manual gearbox as seen in the defunct Cobalt SS and still-available HHR SS, including the very cool Launch Control and No-Lift Shift technology. Of course, the Cruze's rear torsion bar suspenders may limit the car's handling prowess a bit, but a wholesale redesign would cost way too much for a low-volume SS model.

In any case, if the car ever does come to market – and, like we said, we're not holding our breathe – it won't appear right away, perhaps instead for the car's planned mid-cycle refresh in 2014.

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[Source: Motor Authority]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like them to build it, but please call it something other than SS. If it has an SS badge, it should have a V8 and RWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unfortunately with a name like "Cruze" spelled the way it is, this car just reeks of appealing to the "urban demographic" so I don't see as how any self-respecting enthusiast could purchase one, even if they were to come out with an SS model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aaah..those in the 'urban' demographic aren't enthusiasts....

        Could you remind me what exactly the 'urban' demo is? I'm confused.

        I hope in the year 2009, you're not using this as a euphemism for racial makeup....even if you are that bigoted and gutless (why not say what you mean), auto enthusiasts come in all colors and zip codes so stop being so closed minded....I see lots of people in the 'suburban' demographic, to use your vernacular, driving 'urban-ated' cars these days...

        Of course, you'll reply that I'm took this in a completely wrong way and that I'm the bigot, but you know and I know the truth.

        Please go away
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Civic and Corolla drivers they are going after most likely have no historical frame of reference for "SS" anyway.

        It has become a diluted moniker.

        Like the word 'SPORT' on the side of every other CUV and minivan...sad to say.
        • 5 Years Ago
        StanleyVanStupid: I am as about UBRAN as they come, and I have been into performance cars, especially pocket rockets for longer than you have alive. 32 YEARS in NYC. Been driving for 31 years. No, not the car I would drive cross country. Would definitely rock a Cruze SS in and around the city, and a QUICK jaunt to Boston or Philtydelphia.

        Yo BTW, You should see what the kids in my neighborhood rock after hours, and on the weekends (during the week, we mostly ride public TransP).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would hope that in the year 2009, you don't still twist the word "urban" into a racial rant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, but the Cruze SS is unlikely to happen -- at least in turbo form.

      The dirty secret of the Cobalt SS (and HHR SS and Solstice GXP for that matter) is that the turbocharged Ecotec powering them was really a Saab engine and transmission. Go look at the content sticker on any of those cars and you'll see that the engine and transmission came from... Germany. It was basically the same Ecotec installed in Saabs with some tweaks. And with no Saab around that needs a turbo engine, it's unlikely GM will engineer one. Or build it any place.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're doing it wrong, bud.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's great that they are FINALLY moving away from the Cavalierrrr... I mean Cobalt. Seriously, that styling needed to go and this is a big step up in the pseudo-sport compact market for them. I wonder how long it takes for us to see this in a coupe suit, because I think it would look fantastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should push for better headlights first.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mid-cycle refresh in 2014? They should be on an all-new model by then. Yes, we're getting the Cruze as a 2011 model, but this car has already been on sale elsewhere in the world for almost 2 years it will be 6 years old in 2014. GM needs to get onto 4-5 year model cycles like their competitors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have called it the "Obama" because it's going to dissapoint a lot of people too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with some who note that the car's name "Cruse" is a poor choice, that it denotes family-sedan boredom. And I also agree that an SS version would somewhat like an oxymoron as I am one who is lamenting the demise of the Cobalt SS. GM would be better off leaving the bland and generic looking Cruse to fight it out with the relatively uninteresting class of vehicles it will compete against (and have a hard time winning customers agains the likes of the just-announced Hyuandi Sonata...which is a sharp looking car!). The poor Cruse is starting out life with two strikes against it, both leveled at its attempts at success by it's manufacturer. It has to carry the baggage of bland design and a stupid name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like to see it with the same engine and transmission as the Cobalt SS, along with a light weight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they have to push for a Hyrbid Cruze ( BAS+ or 2 mode ) with a 52 mpg. In a economy compact car , fuel efficiency and comfort matters than SS version.

      SS is good if they have great sales on Cobalt SS.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, and after you all report THIS on the 21st...?


      Not quite "returning to it's roots" IMHO...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Cobalt SS is about as fast as a Camaro SS on a track. I don't see why the Camaro deserves it and the Cruze doesn't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A c-class car that can hang with $50K+ cars is somehow "not returning to their (SS) roots"?

        The latest Impala SS...or the Malibu SS are not to the "SS" roots...the Cobalt SS/HHR SS/ and upcoming Cruze SS (yes, it will happen) are directly to the SS "roots"

        • 5 Years Ago
        The roots of the SS badge? Being slapped on nearly everything Chevy sold -- those are its roots. The SS badge is a joke, and always has been. For every awesome SS, there's a half-dozen embarassments.

        So, let 'em wait almost five years, by which time both the motor and the chassis will be has-beens. It'll be fine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You said what I was going to say. I thought they were deciding on shelving the SS brand for only certain products that truely warrant it. Why not just call it a GT version?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Cruze SS would be fine if they do a coupe. The Sedan would be a hard sell.

      There us noting wrong witht he suspension. It can work fine as proven by the Cobalt SS and HHR SS.

      The present Cobalt ss will out lap a Mustang GT on the road course at VIR and nearly match the time of the Camaro SS at the RIng [8:20 to a 8:22} The HHR SS will also lap the ring with a 8:48 a time near a Elise and Integra R.

      My concern is the Cobalt coupe was a low volume car but the sedan is very rare since so few were sold. I know the car was not marketed nearly at all. Would proper marketing fix that.

      The SS name has not be deluted since the last Malibu SS.
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