Here is the first glimpse of the official GM photo of the HHR which will debut in Los Angeles. It looks almost identical to earlier sketches and spy shots. As I'm sure we're all aware this is Chevrolet's hope of unseating the PT Cruiser as king of the retro wagons. I'm actually liking the design the more I look at it and the new platform should outperform the current PT in every way. Click here for 1200x800 wallpaper. Click though for more info and pictures.
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The HHR is 5.7 inches longer and 1.0 inch wider than the PT Cruiser.
The HHR is front-wheel drive (based off the Cobalt) and will offer the two normally aspirated Ecotec four cylinder engines: a 140 hp 2.2 and a 170 hp 2.4. 5-speed manual and 4-speed auto will be offered. A remote starter will come standard with the automatic trans.
The HHR will be available in LS and LT trim levels. Standard equipment includes AC, power windows and locks, six-speaker CD stereo and remote keyless entry. Options will include a Pioneer stereo with subwoofer, lager power sunroof, power driver?s seat, leather, MP3 player and side curtain airbags. Four-wheel drive is not an option (why does that sound like a threat?).
Base models will have 16-inch wheels and the LTs will upgrade to 17?s and sportier suspension tuning. ABS and traction control will be optional on base, but standard on uplevel models.
The front passenger seat folds flat along with the 60/40 rear seat back to create a long load floor. With everything folded, the HHR has 63.1 cu. Ft of cargo space, a little less than the PT. The load floor can be elevated and become a shelf. It also hides a 5 inch-deep storage bin.
PS - This is just the first of many new images we?ll be bringing you right on the strike of the embargo passing. So if you check us out around 12:01 a.m. EST you never know what?ll be popping up over the next few weeks.