Entering its fourth year of production, the Chevy HHR continues to claim a growing share of the compact crossover segment.
New for '09, the HHR's 2.2L and 2.4L Ecotec engines are FlexFuel capable, meaning they can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two fuels. Also, the 2.2L engine receives variable valve timing technology that optimizes performance and efficiency.
The HHR brings a turbocharged dose of thrills that is unmatched in the segment. For '09, the mad scientists at GM Performance Division have combined the SS's DNA with the unique HHR Panel to create a limited-edition HHR Panel SS. It combines all of the SS's performance attributes with the Panel's "blank canvas" styling, making it a perfect choice for enthusiasts and performance-oriented business owners to personalize. The SS treatment also is available on HHR models with solid rear quarters (window delete).
The HHR SS is a high-performance vehicle like no other. Features such as "no-lift shift" and other driver-selectable performance modes help it achieve 0-60 mph performance in 6.3 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at 98.5 mph. The top speed is more than 150 mph, with the manual transmission. As with other GM Performance Division-developed vehicles, the HHR SS was validated on Germany's famed Nrburgring racing circuit, where it set a new lap record of 8:43.52 minutes for its class.
The SS's turbocharged and direct injected 2.0L Ecotec engine is also an efficient performer, helping the HHR SS achieve EPA-rated highway mileage of 29 mpg with the manual transmission and 28 mpg with the automatic.
A new SS Performance Package debuts in '09 and includes Brembo four-piston front brake calipers and a limited-slip differential.
Three new exterior colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Aqua Blue Metallic