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Chevy shows off a preview of what's to come at SEMA

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October 22, 2012

Chevrolet's Malibu Turbo Performance concept

Chevrolet's Malibu Turbo Performance concept

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The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) auto show is right around the corner and all the car manufacturers are lining up to showcase their newest pieces of technology, with Chevrolet being no exception. Chevy has already shown off most of its SEMA lineup, although it did leave a couple of surprises for the show, which kicks off on October 30th in Las Vegas.

Chevy's SEMA lineup is showing a major focus towards smaller cars. The automaker will present a car known as the Spark Z-Spec concept, which follows the small tuner style. Chevy will also show off the more aggressive Spark Sinister concept, which has a more rally-inspired exterior than the Z-Spec. The Sonic Z-Spec 1 looks like the regular Z-Spec, but comes with higher performing exhaust and brakes. The Sonic Z-Spec 2.5 is a slightly more tricked out version, and includes some aftermarket additions.

Chevrolet's Spark Z-Spec concept

Chevrolet's Spark Z-Spec concept

Chevy has also announced the Cruze Upscale, which is a higher-end version of the Cruze and comes with a tan leather interior and some extra style appointments. The company is still referring to the Cruze Upscale as a concept, so we're not sure if it will make it into the next production run.

Chevrolet's Cruze Upscale

Chevrolet's Cruze Upscale

Of course, it wouldn't be Chevrolet if there wasn't talk about bigger cars, and the sparse details on the 2014 Impala concept reflect that. Chevy will show off a concept for the 2014 Impala at SEMA, and it should have fans of the sedan pretty excited.

Chevy also talked about the production model of the 2013 Impala. It will feature a redesigned exterior, three powertrain options, a new interior design, and an available 8-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink.

Chevrolet's Malibu Turbo Performance concept

Chevrolet's Malibu Turbo Performance concept

One of Chevy's biggest potential show-stealers for SEMA this year is the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept. It features a 2.0L turbocharged engine that pushes 20 pounds of boost and 259 horsepower. Chevy is claiming that it can hit 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (249.5 km/h).

It will also feature parts from some high-end companies in the tuning world like Pirelli and RECARO, along with six-piston front brake calipers, and a cold-air intake system to give a little extra performance.

Chevy looks to have a strong showing for SEMA this year, and its choice of setting up what it calls a Shop Talk display featuring four distinct garage bays should make its booth a popular spot at this year's show. It will also be showing new Camaro and Corvette concepts at the show, but it's keeping details on those cars locked down until the actual show.

Source: Chevrolet

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HELP! This is an appeal to any young car designers! I want a very little village car based on a disabled person's scooter. It needs to go faster (just a more powerful engine) needs good breaking. Most of all the body must be weather protecting in winter, has to look so cool that everyone will want one. I am designing a 3 generational village of around 1000 houses and I want to exclude big cars as much as possible. People will get around the village and go to the supermarket in the village car (2 seater). We will have a fleet of Minis to Mercs as a car pool for the community to use. It must not cost more than $2500. Anyone out there got any ideas. Geoffrey Fulton, Architects Fulton + Salomon. Anyone want to see the plan of the village can see it on www.containerarchitecture.co or www.fultonsalomon.com then go to Villages.

architects fulton + salomon
22nd October, 2012 @ 05:33 pm PDT

The Malibu looks like a re-design of a Holden Commodore. If you saw the Holden 2 door concept of the Commodore (Type 60) you will cry that it wasnt put into production.

John Findlay
22nd October, 2012 @ 06:29 pm PDT

Was thinking the same thing John, even has the same wheels as a clubsport.

Craig Smale
23rd October, 2012 @ 12:04 am PDT

Dear Chevy builders and designers:

Please build a Lowered hieght, Rear wheel drive Turbo of the

Tru140 S... The 130 concept looks like a longer Dodge Neon(crap) and I don't care for turbo power sedan, or a sedan of any kind really..

I wonder if they'll read this?

Gargamoth
7th November, 2012 @ 03:36 pm PST
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