Just like that, the death warrant for the Chevy SS will be signed in 2017. This isn’t news to us that the model is dying off, we just weren’t sure when. Similar to FCA with the death off the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200, GM hasn’t been clear with an execution date. At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, WardsAuto caught up with General Motors’ North American president Alan Batey, who confirmed the inevitable death of the SS by the end of the year. Batey did not speak to a replacement for the model.
V8 performance sedans aren’t exactly volume sellers. That’s a shame because the Chevy SS is one of the most underrated cars of our time. But GM, like every other automaker, are designing their future around crossovers. A redesigned Chevy Traverse and GMC Terrain debuted at Detroit. Both of which will sell more units in a month than the SS did in its entire lifetime (8,805 sales since its launch in 2013). Here’s to hoping Chevrolet sends the SS off with a bang in 2017.
The Ringbrothers’ kept busy unveiling three new creations at this year’s SEMA Show. Now that things have calmed down, they brought one of those sweet rides over to Jay Leno’s Garage. The exterior of the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro G-Code doesn’t look heavily modified, but the tuners have given it some serious upgrades.
The client for the G-Code wanted to keep the classic look of the ’69 Camaro, but wasn’t affraid of some tweaks. For example, the nose features hidden headlights like the RS model, but the covers don’t retract when the lights are one. Instead, the LEDs shine through. Not to mention the grille and bumper feature machined parts that look great. Check out the episode below, and hear why this 1969 Chevy Camaro G-Code hits the spot for Jay Leno.
This supercharged V8 Mustang truly looks unlike any muscle car that has come before it. A few years back Henrik Fisker designed a crazy custom Ford Mustang called the Galpin Rocket. Now, it goes by a different name: The VLF Automotive Rocket V8. VLF brought the Rocket V8 to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show to stir up interest for its anticipated production run. Yep, that’s right, this 725-horsepower Mustang is set for production. Rumor has it the custom muscle car will start at $120,000, a price which includes the Mustang it’s based on.
Sure, spending $120,000 on a custom Mustang sounds a bit crazy, but the package is pretty sweet. The V8 engine has been upgraded with a supercharger, giving it a power output of 725 hp and 700 lb-fit of torque. Top speed? 200 mph. It hits 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, with 15-inch Brembos providing the stopping power. The body was designed by Fisker and is a huge upgrade from the standard ‘Stang. Most importantly the front end. The Rocket V8 will come in both coupe and convertible. No word on those prices just yet.
The interior redesign features leather Recaro seats and a revised dashboard. As far as custom muscle cars go, this ride is at the top of our list. It might even see more interest than the Destino or Force 1, VLF Automotives other offerings in the luxury muscle car space. Check out these shots from the Detroit show of Henrik Fisker’s take on the Ford Mustang.
Crossovers are all-the-rage in the industry right now. Automakers are planning to offer a size and shape for every customer. With the debut of the new 2018 Traverse in Detroit, there’s a clear opportunity for a midsize-crossover between the three-row Traverse and the compact Equinox. When Chevy was asked about this seemingly-obvious gap, a spokesperson said the company is looking into expanding their crossover lineup. It should be relatively simple, seeing that they would just need to redesign the existing GMC Acadia. Although they’re different sizes, the new Acadia and Traverse share the same platform; The Acadia is now on a short-wheelbase version of the C1XX while the Traverse uses long-wheelbase C1XX parts. A short-wheelbase Chevy built on the C1XX seems like the perfect thing to differentiate from both the Acadia and the larger Traverse.
Some would argue that offering more and more models would take away sales from the existing ones, but Chevy is all about brand loyalty. They would rather offer a car for every customer if it means keeping them from shopping outside of the brand.
For nearly 40 years, the Ford F-150 has dominated the pickup truck market. It also happens to be the most profitable vehicle of all time (yeah, seriously). For Ford, the F-150 is undoubtedly the most important vehicle in its lineup. The automaker announced at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month that the 2018 F-150 will include new styling tweaks, advanced safety technology and a powerful new diesel engine. And we can’t forget to mention the extras: a new grille, headlamps and bumpers.
These few changes will create a “visually wider and more planted stance and maximum differentiation between the series.” And what’s a new tail lamp design without new wheels? There will be a total of six all-new wheel designs available for the 2018 model F-150, ranging from 17 to 22 inches. While these changes seem minor, it’s what lies under the hood that has us excited. Ford is launching a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine in the newly designed 2018 F-150.
In addition to these upgrades, Ford has upped its tech game in the new truck. Including adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, 4G LTE connection with mobile WiFi hotspot, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The 2018 Ford F-150 is set to go on sale this fall, with at least one more major update planned for the future. Ford has plans to develop an F-150 hybrid to take on the EV market with 13 new electric vehicles in the next few years. Stay tuned.