2003 Chevrolet SSR Pickup Convertible review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 2 December 2006 , 16:12:58 byEmil

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Chevrolet SSR Pickup Convertible

The 2003 Chevrolet SSR Pickup Convertible boasts technical innovation together with a complex and striking design, being the world's first convertible sport pickup truck. Brent Dewar, Chevrolet general manager, stated that no other manufacturer had a vehicle like SSR, as they beautifully blended the latest products and manufacturing technologies with the heritage of the 1947-1953 advanced design pickup. The distinctive features of this convertible roadster comprise a bold stance, a sculpted hood, flared and large fenders, while power is delivered by an aluminum block version of GM's Vortec 5300 5.3-liter small-block V8, driving the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear tires and wheels, highlight the aporty appearance of the car on the road. Without any compromise on the vehicle's cargo carrying capacity, the smart power-retractable hardtop system provides an open-air driving experience, being applied for the first time on a pickup-styled vehicle. A large 25-gallon fuel tank provides an extensive driving range between fill-ups. The SSR is converted into a convertible in only 25 seconds, by the simple push of a button, neatly tucking the roof panels rearward in waterfall fashion between the passenger compartment and pickup bed. The vehicle's exterior theme is brought into the interior, with the clean instrument panel featuring gauges with bold graphics and the billet aluminum look used on the door trim and instrument panel bezels. A process that combined in an appropriate way a contemporary forming technology with one used to produce the original 1947-1953 Advanced Design Chevy lineup of trucks, resulted in striking and innovative flared fenders. An incredible stopping performance together with low noise are provided by the four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel ABS and Dynamic Rear Proportioning.