The FlexFuel Chevy HHR was unveiled today during a speech at the Midwest Automotive Media Association breakfast, which opened press days for the Chicago Auto Show. The HHR become the latest Chevrolet FlexFuel model when it goes on sale later this year.
The HHR will be available with an Ecotec 2.2-liter or Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, both of which will be compatible with E85. For the first time, the Ecotec 2.2L is equipped with variable valve timing (VVT), technology that assures precise opening and closing of the valves and accurate control of combustion gases to improve engine performance and efficiency. The Ecotec 2.4L continues to offer VVT.
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At the 2007 SEMA Show, Chevrolet revealed the HHR Panel SS – a customized vision that previews a forthcoming production model differing only slightly from the stylized SEMA concept. The Panel SS fuses the production HHR SS’s turbocharged powertrain and race track-bred suspension with the unique HHR Panel body style.
A creative alliance between Chevrolet and Detroit’s College for Creative Studies gave CCS students real-life experience in the competitive world of design and consulting, and provided Chevrolet with a glimpse of what vehicles and brands stir young adults’ souls.
The 2007 HHR Panel, designed for a myriad commercial and private uses, adds a new dimension of functionality to the popular HHR’s lineup of stylish, efficient vehicles. The HHR Panel features windowless side panels and rear cargo doors in place of conventional rear doors. A flat load floor provides more than 57 cubic feet (1,614 L) of cargo space, along with approximately 6 cubic feet (170 L) of additional covered, under-floor storage.
With inspired styling and tremendous flexibility, Chevy’s unique HHR was a hit during its first year on the market. For 2007, the HHR evolves to offer more horsepower and new color choices for more agile cruising in style. HHR’s combination of bold design, uncompromising versatility, top safety record and personalization options has made it a popular choice in the market. More than 41,000 units were sold in the first five months on the market in 2005.
Chevrolet goes retro with the HHR wagon, which takes the 1949 Suburban as its design inspiration and incorporates styling touches from the automaker’s current SSR roadster pickup. Available in two trim levels with a choice of two four-cylinder engines, the HHR may attract the sort of buyers who fell for Chrysler’s PT Cruiser.