We recently heard that General Motors vice president of global design, Ed Welburn, and his team are pitching a performance version of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan inspired by the WTCC racing version of the model. According to a new report Holden, GM’s brand in the land down under, is developing a Cruze SS that will go head-to-head with the likes of the Ford Focus ST.
While details are limited, the model is likely to be available as a sedan and a hatchback. No word on what will power the Cruze SS, but OPC’s turbocharged 286-hp 2.0L unit seems to be a good choice. Along with a more powerful engine, the Cruze SS will get a sport-tuned suspension and revised steering system.
No word on whether the model will make it to the stateside but we’d be surprised if it doesn’t – so cross your fingers.
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Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 40 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.
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– By: Omar Rana
Source: GoAuto (via MotorAuthority)