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HHR CONCEPT

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Some vehicles defy definition. They’re neither sedan, nor wagon, nor SUV. That is the case with the HHR Concept – a vehicle capable of delivering passengers, cargo and plenty of fun in a wider-than-production model configuration.

Already a great-looking vehicle in its production form, HHR Concept takes styling to new heights. The four doors of the production HHR are replaced by two doors that have been stretched 6 inches for style and functionality. At the same time, the B-pillars have been leaned forward, resulting in a coupe-like profile. Up front, HHR Concept features a new hood, a new eggcrate grille with chrome surrounds and new front fascia with polished billet air ducts. Also, the windshield header has been dropped 4 inches for a chopped look.

HHR Concept is a wide body – 2 inches wider up front and a full 4 inches in back, with front and rear tracks widened accordingly. At the same time, the ride height has been lowered 3 inches in the front and 3.5 inches in the rear (show height; it has been lowered 1.75 inches and 2 inches front/rear for ride height). The result is a vehicle made for cruising that screams stability and performance.

And while sometimes looks can be deceiving, that is not the case with HHR Concept. Under the hood, HHR Concept’s muscle stems from its supercharged 2.0L engine, which delivers 270 horsepower (201 kw) at 5600 rpm. Other HHR Concept performance features include large-diameter brake rotors and calipers, a performance exhaust system, GM-designed 19-inch aluminum wheels up front and 20-inchers in back that are mounted with low-profile BF Goodrich performance tires.

Inside, HHR Concept is designed to deliver practicality and pleasure, whether it’s a short hop to the club across town or a cross-country trip. Surfboards and other large items fit easily within the vehicle, which features a light Zebra wood bed floor with brushed aluminum strips and no rear seats. Playtime is further enhanced by upgraded stereo equipment, including a Pioneer audio and navigation system with iPod adapter. The interior is trimmed in Apple Green leather and Casper White soft-touch with gray leather and titanium accents.

Vehicle Highlights

2.0L Ecotec supercharged engine with GM Accessories Stage Two package, delivering 270 hp (201 kw) @ 5600 rpm
Performance exhaust system
Large-diameter brake rotors and calipers
19 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 9-inch aluminum wheels
Front and rear fender flares
Lengthened front doors
Smooth rear body
New front and rear fascias
New grille
Casper White three-stage glass-bead and pearl exterior paint
Lowered suspension
50/50 split rear liftglass / tailgate
Flat load floor with light Zebra wood and brushed aluminum strips
New cluster face and lighting
Enhanced Pioneer stereo and navigation system with iPod adapter

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That looks pretty sweet to me! The front could use a little touching up I think, but everything else screams "cool!"
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That looks pretty sweet to me! The front could use a little touching up I think, but everything else screams "cool!"

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I don't think our thoughts would really matter to GM. If they built one it would look nothing like this. You think it would really come to market with that suspension? The dual exhaust built into the rear? Those rims? No door handles? It's a shame because if they did bring it to market, all of it's personality would be GONE. Edited by nzr
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I think they could put door handles on it like the Vette has so it's less noticeable, 18s instead of 19s and 20s, raise it an inch or two, and exhaust like the Maxx SS has, and it'd still have most of its personality and would sell in droves.
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Anyone else think this is essentially the production Nomad?

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I think they could put door handles on it like the Vette has so it's less noticeable, 18s instead of 19s and 20s, raise it an inch or two, and exhaust like the Maxx SS has, and it'd still have most of its personality and would sell in droves.

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I agree that it would sell heeps if it looked very close to this. It's just that GM concepts are very deceiving when it comes to production. Case and point would be the LaCrosse and G6. Edited by nzr
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AWESOME! It looks like that could be a refresh for the front end, to match the rest of the SUV line-up. And... that 270hp ECOTEC sounds good too :D
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That is a perfectly executed Chevrolet grille. :) This looks to be the closest thing to a production Nomad yet. :P
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Awesome... I absolutely love it. My only complaints are things that could probably be fixed for production. The lack of door-handles (would love Vette style ones as Northie mentioned), the exhaust, the mirrors, and how unnecessarily low it is...
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Aside from a few nitpicks... :cheers:
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It's fantastic. That grille complements the front so well, I would love it if GM made this the "coupe" or "panel van" version, and kept the grille exclusive to it meanwhile the regular HHR continued with its grille. Release this one quickly, GM!
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i think the back is ugly. the front looks ok. side mirrors are way off.
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I'm not the biggest fan of the rear of the vehicle, bug I love the front; I think it's way better than the current HHR; which is just so-so IMO.
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Very interesting blend of retro and modern. I love the two-door bodystyle.
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Build it! Also, it is just me or does the rear window remind me of the 1983 - 1993 Chevy Blazer 2-Door?
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This is what the HHR should've looked like all along. It would've been much less of a PT clone.
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Very nice....would like them to add an access door (ala Saturn) just to make it easier to get into the back...would like a panel version also. I own a Sport Tahoe 2door and that is what I would like them to build agian ... re: K5 Blazer.
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The side/rear glass needs some serious tweaking. It really seems like it's from a different vehicle. Take away the glass, and you have a killer sedan-delivery/panel van. The grille is pretty sweet.
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This is what the HHR should've looked like all along.  It would've been much less of a PT clone.

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I agree. That looks amazing, and I dont even like the HHR. It looks much better than the Nomad too.
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