My Ideal Chevy Lineup 3.0
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Yes, yes. That's right. It's back. I donno how many old GMI'ers still are around from the several years ago, but those of you who are still around remember this. Yeah, I'm still around. Just been creepin, though, not really posting. ANYWAY! Without further ado...
Platform: GM Global Mini-Car
Engine: 85 HP 1.2L; 138 HP turbo 1.4L, 150 HP/240 TQ Diesel 1.6L
The Chevy Spark has been upgraded with improved interior materials where possible, such as touch-points. Added is the RS performance model, which bumps the weak 85 HP 1.2L to 138 HP turbocharged 1.4L, giving the car a very nice power bump. Likewise, the RS performance model adds performance rubber, 16" alloy wheels, a lowered sport-tuned suspension, and more aggressive ground effects.
Platform: Gamma II
Engine: 138 HP turbo 1.4L, 185 HP 2.5L, 250 HP Turbo 1.8L, 150 HP/240 TQ Diesel 1.6L
Sparks 'big' brother, the Sonic, is a very good vehicle already. However, it gains the Chevy MyLink system, which includes a downloadable "MyLink" computer program for both PC and Mac allowing you to wirelessly transfer music, videos, and other files to and from the 40 gig hard drive in the car. It also works with OnStar and the cars computer to keep track of maintenance records, alert you to the cars maintenance needs - from a low tire or low gas to major problems and scheduled services. The MyLink is available as an app, and has the same features, transferring files between your phone or tablet and the car. The RS model ups the ante with a more powerful 2.5L good for 185 horsepower, giving this little sporty car some extra wallop. In addition to the more powerful engine, the RS model gets a lowered sport-tuned suspension, summer rubber, 17" alloys, and more aggressive ground effects - essentially, design wise identical to the Sonic RS concept. A top-ring RS-Z offers standard AWD, 250 horsepower, and with a weight of roughly 2800 pounds, aims to compete with and destroys such vehicles as the GTI and other hot hatch performance compacts in the corners and straight line.
Platform: Delta II
Engine: 138 HP turbo 1.4L, 185 HP 2.5L, 250 HP turbo 1.8L, 200 HP/300 TQ diesel 2.3L, Electric
The Cruze gains an freshened up design inside and out, giving it a bit more aggression and passion with bolder fenders and a totally reworked tail end, while the nose is updated a little, and the headlights now feature projector lights standard. On the interior, the design remains similar, but slightly reworked, while materials throughout where improved. The MyLink infotainment system is available, while the diesel is introduced into America and an electric version is introduced globally. While no RS is available, a basic "Sport" model includes minimal ground effects, a sportier suspension, and the option of a manual in either the 2.5L or optional turbo 1.8L. Summer rubber wrapping 18" alloys is standard. All Wheel Drive becomes available on all but the electric model. Optional AWD on all models and engines.
Platform: SWB Alpha
Engine: 138 HP turbo 1.4L, 200 HP 2.5L, 250 HP turbo 1.8L, 330 HP 3.6L
Ok, first... Get over the name. The younger generation this car targets doesn't even know what a Chevy Citation is. That was a while ago. Now, for the goodies. Essentially the 130R concept, this car is deeply focused on performance, which is stellar. A 2+2 compact RWD coupe focused on great performance, it offers razor-like steering, light weight, and plenty of speed. RS offers the turbo 1.8L, while the SS model gives you the 3.6L. Six speed manual is standard, optional six-speed Tapshift.
Platform: Delta II
Engine: 138 HP turbo 1.4L, 200 HP 2.5L, 250 HP turbo 1.8L
Yes, that's right, the Canadian name for the G5 in Canada. But a fitting one for this CR-Z/Veloster/etc competitor. Take the 140S concept, and you essentially have the world-beating car for its class. The RS-Z model gets the turbo 1.8L and AWD standard, while AWD is optional on the RS model, which gets the 2.5L as standard equipment. Six speed manual is standard, optional six-speed Tapshift. Sharp steering, great handling, light weight, and good power make this the fun-to-drive coupe, while the RS version is really untouched by competition - a coupe that offers similar power numbers to the WRX and Golf R, it offers an intriguing and stylish coupe alternative to the hatchback and sedans.
Engine: 330 HP 3.6L, 420 HP 5.3L, 465 HP 5.7L
The return of a smaller/midsize RWD sport sedan and coupe with style finally returns to the GM lineup, and covers a market nobody else is hitting currently. Based off the Alpha, this all-new car offers rear drive and the ability to accommodate larger engines. Designed to look like this. Features such as MyLink, bluetooth, and WiFi hotspot offer much of what a younger generation would be looking for, while its size is ideal for bringing in a youthful generation who often times finds full-sized rear drive vehicles just simply too big, but may want more room for people and stuff than many smaller offerings currently coming to the market. The SS gets the 445 HP 5.7L standard along with all the usual - more aggressive design, bigger stronger brakes, aggressively tuned suspension ready for track day and offramps. But it goes beyond those, as aggressively bolstered - but still comfortable - Recaro sport seats, more aggressive throttle, shorter throw manual, and quicker steering are also part of the deal. Opt for the RS, and the 3.6L is standard, while the 5.3L is an option putting the price at $28,995, making it the least expensive RWD V8 on the market. Much of the standard SS sport features are standard on the RS, but tuned differently as it is oriented more for the corners than the 1/4 mile.
Engine: Voltec/1.4L Generator
The Volt, mostly as-is. MyLink is standard with 60 gigs, optional 80 and 120 gigs also. Improved interior materials. Three levels, the Volt 25, Volt 50, and Volt 100, offer three mileage ranges - 25 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles - on all electric before switching over to the gasoline generator.
Platform: Epsilon II
Engine: 138 HP 1.4L, 185 HP 2.5L, 250 HP turbo 1.8L, 300 HP turbo 2.0L, 360 HP 3.6L HO 2.5L/electric hybrid
The Malibu gets standard the advanced MyLink system, which is bumped to 60 gigs versus the 40 gigs in the lower-priced cars. The car also gets much-needed more powerful engines, getting a turbo 1.8L and turbo 2.0L for additional power, while a hybrid system is also available. The LTZ model is the high-end luxury-focused version, offering either of the two turbo models. While no SS model is available, the Malibu Sport gains standard AWD, a 360 HP 3.6L V6, slightly more aggressive ground effects, leather/suede sport seats, a tighter suspension, and the option of a manual. The Sport really shakes up the midsize family sedan market, as there's nothing else that compares.
Engine: 360 HP 3.6L HO, 420 HP 5.3L, 500 HP 6.3L, 3.6L/electric hybrid
Finally, a genuine Chevy full sized rear-drive sedan returns. Offering a V6, two V8's, and a hybrid, there is no lack of options available with the Impala drivetrain. Offering an 80 gig MyLink system, generous interior and trunk room, and unrivaled style in its segment, the Biscayne offers the industry a true American experience. The suspension is tuned to be similar to that of the now-expired G8, which is to say sporty but still comfortable. The Biscayne comes in both sedan and couple models. The SS gains the 6.3L V8 standard, and it is the only way to get that engine. One can choose between a new eight speed dual clutch automated manual or a true six-speed row-your-own manual. Suspension, steering, seats, and brakes have all been upgraded and beefed up for performance usage in the SS model.
Coupe & convertible models wear the name Chevelle as a full-sized RWD coupe/convertible.
Platform: LWB Epsilon II
Engine: 330 HP 3.6L, 360 HP 3.6L, 3.6L/electric hybrid
Basically the Impala concept, this sedan can be had with two different V6's as well as a hybrid system. An 80 gig MyLink is standard, and the suspension, while well controlled, leans towards comfort. A Sport model does give the suspension a tighter feel, as well as aggressive 20" wheels wrapped in summer rubber, but nobody would mix it up with an Biscayne SS or a 5-series when it comes to performance.
Engine: 360 HP 3.6L HO, 420 HP 5.3L, 465 HP 5.7L, 500 HP 6.3L, 575 HP 7.0L
Downsized and lightened up, the Camaro saw its style evolutionize and its performance and mileage skyrocket. With 330 HP under hood of its base model while weighing an easy 3200 lbs, even the base Camaro is nothing to sneeze at. Optional, you can upgrade to the 5.3L, coming in at a base price of $29,995. The Z28 comes out with the 5.7L standard, and tuned for killing its competition around the corners with weight cutting, aggressively tuned suspension and steering, massive, powerful Brembo brakes, shorter throw manual or quicker-shifting eight-speed dual clutch gearbox, and strongly bolstered Recaro racing seats. The SS rings in with the 500 HP 6.3L, and while not quite the corner destroyer its lighter Z28 brother is, it still is tuned to run around corners at high speeds while destroying certain Ford and Dodge vehicles through the quarter mile. The trump card, though, is the 427-equipped ZL1. This 575 horsepower thumper lays it down against any Ford, Dodge, or even M or AMG vehicle.
Platform: Y-Body II
Engine: 500 HP 6.3L, 575 HP 7.0L, 650 HP supercharged 6.3L
Traditionalists need not worry - the Corvette remains in its traditional front engine/rear drive layout, and continues going without a V6. Downsized slightly and weighting even less, the Corvette gets extensive usage of light-weight material to improve weight, performance, and mileage. The styling evolutionizes from its current design, but takes a lot of its styling direction from the C2 and C3, as well as the Stringray concept for a very aggressive design that, while evolutionary, is a very clear departure at the same time from the C5/C6 Corvettes. Engines start at 500 HP, while the Z06 gets the Rat motor and the ZR1 gets the updated supercharged 6.3L. The Stringray, a specialty variant based off the Z06, offers even more aggressive style and its suspension and brakes are upgraded for even hotter performance.
Platform: Theta II
Engine: 185 HP 2.5L, 250 HP turbo 1.8L, 330 HP 3.6L, 2.5L/Electric Hybrid
The Equinox gets upgrades in design inside and out, polishing its rough edges and improving its design in and out. Its another evolutionary design step forward, like a number of other Chevrolet's. The upgraded platform is stiffer yet also lighter. Meanwhile, the MyLink with 80 gigs is standard, and the engine lineup is heavily revamped. Suspension is revised to improve the handles/ride balance, while AWD is standrard on the 3.6L and optional on the other setups. Hybrid is optional.
Platform: Lambda II
Engine: 290 HP 3.0L, 330 HP 3.6L, 3.0L/Electric Hybrid
A new Lambda is brought out, and while the design is heavily revamped and clearly all-new, it is an evolutionary step forward. Two engines are now available, with a standard 290 HP 3.0L and an optional 330 HP 3.6L. The suspension is improved for less lean, offering slightly improved performance, but the comfortable ride remains, if not improved slightly. Bigger brakes allow the vehicle to stop quicker, and the MyLink comes in standard 80 gigs and option 120 gigs. Lighter by several hundred pounds, the new Lambda II platform is also much stronger and stiffer than before as well. This improves performance, mileage, and safety. AWD optional on all models, including hybrid.
Engine: 420 HP 5.3L, 465 HP 5.7L, 320 HP/680 TQ Turbo Diesel 6.0L, 5.3L/Electric Hybrid
The GMT-950 trucks and SUV's replace the excellent but aging GMT-900 fleet. The Tahoe offers a somewhat boxy but attractive and contemporary design, evolutionary from its current design. The new GMT-950 platform is stronger, stiffer, and lighter, able to offer better towing and carrying abilities, higher safety, and better mileage and performance. Meanwhile, the packaging of the new GMT-950 Tahoe leads to more interior room for both people and stuff. Interior quality leapfrogs its competition, setting a new Chevy SUV benchmark, even going so far as to surpass the Escalade interior quality. Ergonomics and design are class-topping. Standard 120 gig MyLink, optional 180 and 250 gigs. Z71 (think Reatree mixed with ZR2) offers extreme Baja-style offroad performance upgrades, while a Northwestern edition offers rock-climbing and mud-flinger offroad performance upgrades. Extreme capabilities blow away previous versions as well as all competition.
Platform: GMT-950 HD
Engine: 420 HP 5.3L, 465 HP 5.7L, 320 HP/680 TQ Turbo Diesel 6.0L, 5.3L/Electric Hybrid
The Suburban upgrades are nearly identical to the Tahoe, with the exception of being longer and larger. Thus its interior, particularly for the third row and storage space, is vastly improved over both the GMT-950 Tahoe and the GMT-950 Suburban. Like the Tahoe, space and comfort are leaps and bounds better for all rows. Z71 and Northwesterner versions available.
Engine: 185 HP 2.5L, 250 HP turbo 1.8L, 300 HP 3.0L, 200 HP/300 TQ Diesel 2.3L
The up-coming Colorado is pretty good as-is. Engine lineup shown. Features such as MyLink - with 40 gigs and optional 60 gigs - make this the most competent compact on the market. Z71 and Northwesterner versions offer extreme-duty offroad capabilities.
Platform: GMT-950/GMT-950 HD
Engine: 360 HP 3.6L HO, 420 HP 5.3L, 465 HP 5.7L, 500 HP 6.3L, 320 HP/680 TQ Turbo Diesel 6.0L, 400 HP/950 TQ Turbo Diesel 6.8L, 5.3L/Electric Hybrid
The Silverado comes in with an all-new, heavily improved interior that sets the bar higher, leapfrogging Ford and Dodge in that category to be the class benchmark. Meanwhile, its work and play capabilities set the class benchmark once again. As with its other GMT-950 brothers, a Z71 and Northwesterner edition are available for extreme offroad abilities.
Platform: GMT-950 HD
Engine: 420 HP 5.3L, 465 HP 5.7L, 500 HP 6.3L, 400 HP/950 TQ Turbo Diesel 6.8L
Just as improved as every other GMT-950 truck and SUV, the Avalanche continues to its in its own class. Exterior changes are on the outer reaches of evolutionary, and offer an extremely aggressive, in-your-face design much like the original Avalanche offered when it first came out. Not meant so much for work, this is a truck with abilities and capabilities that defy the typical truck industry. Versatile and capable, this is a machine meant for man, nature, and play. No apologies given. Z71 and Northwesterner editions add to this trucks outgoing personality and flair.
Platform: GMT-950 HD
Engine: 420 HP 5.3L, 465 HP 5.7L, 320 HP/680 TQ Turbo Diesel 6.0L, 400 HP/950 TQ Turbo Diesel 6.8L, 5.3L/Electric Hybrid
Never before has Chevy improved its work van so much. One of the only revolutionary vehicles compared to its previous generation, the Express offers flexibility and versatility unmatched by any van out there. Rather you're looking for the typical American workvan style, the high-roof cargo foreign design, or the perfect high-roof, long wheelbase shuttle van, the Express has you covered with more styles and sizes than any other competitor out there. No other competitor offers as much power in gas or diesel than this Chevy, and Chevy sets another benchmark by bring in the hybrid. Interior layout and ergonomics are vastly improved, while comfort is finally a priority, which cannot be said for many of its competitors.