Chevy shows off a preview of what's to come at SEMA
By Dave LeClair
October 22, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.