Chevrolet’s entry-level lineup has been missing a performance variant ever since the Cobalt SS went out of production in 2010. However, GM hasn’t completely forgotten about the idea as the automaker has introduced the Cruze Sport6 SS concept at the São Paulo Motor Show.
Featuring a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine equipped with a “high-performance package,” the Cruze SS has been transformed into a hot hatch that packs 295 hp (220 kW / 300 PS). Needless to say, this a huge improvement over the 2019 Cruze Hatchback which has a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine developing 153 hp (114 kW / 155 PS) and 177 lb-ft (239 Nm) of torque.
There’s no word on how fast the concept is, but Chevrolet has previously said the US-spec production model – which has nearly half as much horsepower – can run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 7.7 seconds.
While the concept is significantly more powerful, the car appears to remain front-wheel drive. However, Chevrolet did make some unspecified suspension changes to “maximize vehicle performance.”
Speaking of changes, the Cruze has been equipped with a front lip spoiler, gloss black accents and 20-inch wheels. A closer inspection also reveals red brake calipers, black bow tie emblems and a unique rear spoiler.
The modifications continue in the cabin as Chevrolet installed bucket racing seats with Sparco harnesses. Other updates include alloy pedals and a “racing steering wheel” which looks virtually indistinguishable from the standard unit. Last but not least, the company installed a JBL audio system with a massive subwoofer.
Chevrolet was coy on the purpose of the concept, but noted cars can serve “different purposes, either to evaluate the receptivity of the public to new solutions or technologies, or to get the attention of amateurs by customization, for example.” The latter seems more likely as Chevrolet didn’t even bother with posting pictures of the concept – besides a teaser – on social media or their local press site.