General Motors Newsroom - December 24, 2004
It looks almost identical to earlier
sketches and spy shots. As Iím sure weíre all aware this is Chevroletís
hope of unseating the PT Cruiser as king of the retro wagons. Iím
actually liking the design the more I look at it and the new platform
should outperform the current PT in every way.
The HHR is front-wheel drive (based off
the Cobalt) and will offer the two normally aspirated Ecotec four
cylinder engines: a 140 hp 2.2 and a 170 hp 2.4. 5-speed manual and
4-speed auto will be offered. A remote starter will come standard with
the automatic trans.
The HHR will be available in LS and LT
trim levels. Standard equipment includes AC, power windows and locks,
six-speaker CD stereo and remote keyless entry. Options will include a
Pioneer stereo with subwoofer, lager power sunroof, power driverís seat,
leather, MP3 player and side curtain airbags. Four-wheel drive is not an
option (why does that sound like a threat?).
Base models will have 16-inch wheels and
the LTs will upgrade to 17ís and sportier suspension tuning. ABS and
traction control will be optional on base, but standard on uplevel
The front passenger seat folds flat along
with the 60/40 rear seat back to create a long load floor. With
everything folded, the HHR has 63.1 cu. Ft of cargo space, a little less
than the PT. The load floor can be elevated and become a shelf. It also
hides a 5 inch-deep storage bin.
IMAGE CREDITS - General Motors