Since its introduction for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet
SS has continued to gain popularity in the family-sedan
segment. Most enthusiasts love the fact that it is ably
equipped with features common in muscle cars like its V-8
Enthusiasts also love its convenience offering. Chevrolet has
hooked up the SS with only subtle visual upgrades since the
model underwent a more comprehensive redesign for the 2016
model year. Read along for more information:
2016 Chevrolet SS Exterior
Having had received more extensive changes for the 2015 model
year, the new model comes with subtle exterior changes. The
bumper has received the most significant facelift. Position of
DRLs has been changed. In addition, the DRLs are now surrounded
with a chrome trim. Although it is hard to notice, the
headlights have received a new LED lighting.
Vertical air ducts have been relocated to the outer edges while
the center section has also been retouched. The grille features
a new honeycomb mesh whose chrome frame has been thickened on
the sides and its pattern discontinued at the top. The
front fascia also features an ‘SS’ badge on the bumper.
The model’s sporty hood now features two black-painted vents
which make the front fascia look more aggressive.
On the sides, the model features new 19-inch, cast-aluminum
wheels with Brembo brakes and heated power mirrors. At the
rear, only the quad-exhaust outlets have been retouched. Other
features are carried over unchanged.
Overall, the automaker has added a new exterior color
christened “Slipstream” which replaces Alchemy Purple Metallic
and Perfect Blue.
Its dimensions are unchanged. The sedan is 195.5 inches long,
74.7 inches wide and has a height of 57.9 inches while its
wheelbase stretches 114.8 inches.
2016 Chevrolet SS Interior
Chevrolet offers the 2016 Chevrolet SS sedan in a single but
well equipped trim. Like the exterior, the cabin is also
largely unchanged. Leather is the standard upholstery material
and features a contrast stitching. There are suede inserts on
the doors and the wraparound dash is carried over unchanged.
The front seats are heated and cooled while the rear seats are
only heated. The front seats are also 8-way power adjustable
and feature lumbar support. The driver’s seat also comes with
memory settings. The model’s instrument cluster features a trip
computer surrounded by a sporty analogue gauge on each side,
one for the vehicle’s speed and the other for engine speed.
There is also a standard head-up display.
There is another screen, a 8.0-inch MyLink touch-screen which
features Smartphone integration. The screen has been upgraded
to provide faster processing times. The SS also features a
dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and a
tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
The car is very spacious and can comfortably accommodate 6-foot
tall passengers without much discomfort. The model offers 16.4
cubic feet of cargo space.
Technological features on the new SS include audio
connectivity, Bluetooth phone, a navigation system, voice
controls, Siri Eyes Free, a 9-speaker Bose sound system which
features a CD player, satellite radio as well as USB/iPod
connectivity. The vehicle also features OnStar with integrates
WiFi hotspot capability and 4G LTE. OnStar enables on-demand
roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, stolen
vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
Safety is well taken care of with features like antilock disc
brakes, traction and stability control and a full package of
airbags. It also features a parallel-parking assist system,
rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure
warning, a rearview camera and forward collision alert.
Engine Specs and performance
The 2016 Chevy SS derives its power form a V-8 engine which has
a displacement of 6.2 liters. The engine produces 415 hp and
415 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual
gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission system which send
power to the rear wheels.
The models paired with an automatic transmission accelerate to
60 mph from standstill in 4.9 seconds. Models with a manual
gearbox are 0.2 seconds quicker taking 4.7 seconds to complete
the same run.
In terms of fuel economy, automatic models are expected to
return 14 mpg on city, 21 mpg on highway and 17 mpg on combined
drives. Manual models on the other hand are expected to return
15 mpg on city, 21 mpg on highway and 17 mpg on combined
drives. These numbers place the Chevy among the most “thirsty”
models in this segment.
Price and release date
The 2016 Chevrolet SS has a starting price of $ 47,600. As said
earlier, the SS is offered in a single trim. The 2016 model
comes with only three options, they are a $900 sunroof,
$500 spare tire and manual transmission which is offered free
of charge. 2016 Chevrolet SS is already in showrooms and