Holden fans rejoice. A Holden badged, V8, rear-wheel drive sedan could live on after the death of the VF Commodore in 2017 if a plan to produce a next-generation Chevrolet SS gets the green-light, according to Motoring Australia.
General Motors is considering building a next generation SS on a version of the Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac CTS and ATS . If the plan comes into fruition, it would be sold in Australia simply as the Holden SS.
Seeing as Alpha is classified as a “premium” architecture, quite a bit of cost would have to be stripped out of it for a next-gen SS to make sense from a business standpoint. A cheaper version of the chassis is already under development, slated to underpin the sixth generation Camaro due in 2015.
“If you wanted to do that [build a second generation SS] then this architecture [Alpha] could do that,” chief GM engineer David Leone told Motoring Australia at the Detroit auto show this week. “If you are a performance enthusiast then rear-wheel drive is the way to go and that’s the place Alpha will play. So you guys connect the dots about where else we might use it.”
The VF Commodore and Chevrolet SS are currently produced at the South Australian Elizabeth plant. With the facilities inevitable closure happening in 2017, GM will have to develop a next-gen SS if they wish to continue the models lifecycle for longer then three years.