Chevrolet SS Wagon and SUV in the Pipeline?


  • Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon Picture

    Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon Picture

    The new Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon is an Australian sibling to the 2014 Chevrolet SS. | February 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The unveiling of the new Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute has touched off global speculation about whether variants of the 2014 Chevrolet SS are in the pipeline.
  • The VF Commodore is the Holden version of the 2014 Chevrolet SS.
  • Chevrolet told Edmunds that "at this point we can't confirm additional products joining the portfolio."

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Tuesday unveiling of the new Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute has touched off global speculation about whether variants of the 2014 Chevrolet SS are in the pipeline.

The VF Commodore is the Holden version of the 2014 Chevrolet SS. The Chevrolet SS, a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan, was unveiled to great fanfare on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway. Chevrolet is selling a rear-wheel-drive sedan in the U.S. for the first time in 17 years.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter, alongside a redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Chevrolet told Edmunds that "at this point we can't confirm additional products joining the portfolio."

"The unveiling of the Chevrolet SS performance sedan this weekend has resulted in a lot of speculation that other performance variants may join the Chevrolet lineup," wrote Michael Albano, a Chevrolet spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query from Edmunds.

"At this point we can't confirm additional products joining the portfolio and I must add we are satisfied with a performance family that includes the Corvette, Camaro and now SS."

Holden said that all three Commodore body styles — sedan, Sportwagon and Ute — will go on sale at the same time in mid-2013.

"Our aim with VF was to challenge people's perceptions about our cars and get them excited about large cars again," said Brett Vivian, Holden chief engineer, in a statement.

Australia's Car Sales said Mark Reuss, GM president of North America, indicated the Commodore wagon may be under consideration for the U.S.

"It's a little bit late for Ute," he told Car Sales. "Some people think it'd be a really cool thing to do, but not at a high price. We could never sell it at the price it would need to be."

He added: "I'd love to have it (the Ute) here. We'd have it here in a second — we almost did. (But) The wagon we could charge more for, so it's not too late for the wagon."

Edmunds says: Enthusiasts fear that variants of the 2014 Chevrolet SS would dilute its impact. But the Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute do get the pulse racing.

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