If you were holding your breath for an SS version of Chevrolet Cruze, well, you can stop now and resume normal respiration. Chevrolet marketing chief Jim Campbell told Jalopnik that there won’t be a 2011 Cruze SS, or one added later on in the model cycle, despite rumors of the top-of-the-line Cruze having fans inside GM’s offices.
The news isn’t all that bad, since the announcement saves U.S. buyers from the wrath of the Singapore-market Cruze SS (pictured), a vehicle that offers colored stripes and a body kit that seems to be ripped straight off a riced-out Cavalier. At the end of the day, the closest thing to a Cruze SS is the Cruze RS – a vehicle with nothing more than a fancy body kit, bigger wheels, and with nary a performance modification in sight.
The thing that gets our collective mouths watering, however, is the competition: if Ford builds a Focus with an EcoBoost motor, then Chevy might be tempted to react in a competitive manner by putting its effort behind a quicker Cruze competitor. Ford has already announced that a high-performance Focus will debut at the Paris Motor Show and that the model is headed to the U.S.
Chevrolet, the ball is now officially in your court.[Source: Jalopnik]