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Road Test: Chevrolet SS Ute Auto

The story of the utility or coupé utility #8211; the ute began in 1932, when a was received by Ford Australia’s at Geelong, Victoria. It was written by a wife who’d had enough of to church in the farm truck and in a less than comfortable ‘Why don’t you build like us a vehicle to go to church in on a and which can carry our pigs to on Mondays?’ her letter asked. The as they say, is history and the Ute is revered by Australians as the ideal or tradesman’s vehicle.

Designed and in Australia, the Chevrolet Lumina SS Ute is the only Ute available in South making it stand out for its combination of and practicality.

With a carrying of just over 600 kilograms, the SS Ute haul slightly more a typical half-tonne bakkie, but a rather slim view of the talents considering everything this vehicle is big. The SS Ute measures 4 896 mm in length and at 1 898 mm, is 46 mm wider a Porsche GT3 RS. The wheels are 18-inch and in 245/45 profile rubber, the only thing lacking is height, at a lowly 110 mm.

The SS Ute is built upon GM Australia#8217;s Rear Wheel Drive a platform that is able to a number of varying body including the Chevrolet Lumina SS with which the SS Ute shares of its components. The challenge for engineers was the well mannered handling and characteristics of the Lumina SS sedan the laod-carrying capacity of the Ute.

To end, both the front and suspensions are a product of an eight development programme to refine the characteristics of the Lumina sedan and their use across to the Ute. The is a Ute that corners incredibly for a bakkie and exhibits little roll. Steering is linear its and has a good turn-in characteristic, we#8217;d have liked assistance from the power at higher speeds.

GM engineers to package the mechanicals in a body resembles the Lumina sedan, but the utilitarian in nature of a bakkie. In this styling gap the Ute gained its roof line that into the load box area, in a clean silhouette. The basis for the homogeneous styling is the single of pressed metal that from the ‘A’ pillar through to the

The tailgate too has been styled for a and integrated look, with the located on the inside and concealed The rest of the styling is borrowed the Lumina SS sedan and endows the SS Ute the macho looks it deserves.

to the more than 70 year old Ute is the car-like interior. With two seats, but plenty of space, the SS Ute has the cabin of a luxury sports Leather trim covers the two comfortable and supportive seats, as as the gear knob and steering that fits snugly in hands.

Luxury and convenience includes an on-board computer the usual trip display and consumption, but there#8217;s also useful information such as voltage, oil temperature and oil pressure. equipment is comprehensive and includes control, dual-zone automatic control, 7-speaker 6-disc with bluetooth connectivity, electronically adjustable driver#8217;s satellite controls on the steering and more.

Far from cramped, the SS Ute has 220-litres of space behind the seats With a generously sized box, as well as deep pockets, trays and cup holders, the Ute accommodates even the most accessorised tannie enroute to a service. In true Aussie the ergonomics of the interior are straight and controls well labelled.

Our reservation is the handbrake lever, while neatly designed, match the premium feel of the of the cabin.

Between the bulging wheel arches is an all-aluminium V8. It#8217;s not a particularly advanced using just 16-valves and school#8217; push-rod technology, but it deliver 270 kW and 530 Nm of torque with effort. Put your foot in any gear and there is no shortage of

0 #8211; 100 km/h takes a 6.2 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h.

A big means a big thirst and the Lumina is of quaffing fuel at an impressive Used as an urban run about the SS Ute down a manly 17 l/100km, the relaxed pace at which the big can lull you into. Out on the open economy improved by almost 25% to 13 Admittedly you can achieve better than these figures.

Why? Because Chevrolet has Lumina SS automatic transmission with #8216;Displacement on Demand#8217;

Displacement on Demand saves by using only half of the cylinders during most driving conditions. The system reactivates the other cylinders the driver requires the engine’s capabilities for brisk acceleration or carrying. In practice it#8217;s not an seamless affair.

Flattening the while the system is in effect, in two delays, one is the four sleeping that need to wake up and the is the gearbox that needs to down to a lower gear for acceleration. However, although the mechanical stirrings of the engine and are subtle, without ever more attention than a auto #8216;box would.

The on Demand active fuel system, is only available the 6-speed automatic transmission. claim the system offers economy of around 0.9 l/100km in an cycle and results will be on open road travel, while using the cruise where the feature will down four cylinders up to of 110 km/h.

Typically though, anything a V8 under the bonnet isn#8217;t to idling around most of its Although the SS Ute is happy to play the of a gentle giant, it#8217;s happy to smoke the rear and blurt out one of any petrol heads loved symphonies. It#8217;s childs play to break with the rear wheels and the traction control system entirely halt the #8216;hoonage#8217; for hooliganism).

Despite its capabilities the SS Ute never comes across as and commands a respect common to all cars. Even in mountain the SS Ute is surprisingly competent and capable of far more corner speed one might anticipate. Drive out of the is a thrill thanks to the 530 Nm of torque, the Ute seemingly able to transfer all its to the road when a progressive action is employed.

The brakes are as impressive in the manner in which counter the bulk of the vehicle and the it easily achieves.

The Lumina SS Ute occupies a niche in our vehicle market, one that quality, comfort, performance and in a way no other segment can. great fun and easy to live on all occasions, whether dropping mother in-law at church or a couple of dirt bikes on the and heading out of town for a weekend in the If author Roald Dahl had to his fictional character the Big Friendly (BFG) as a vehicle, the Chevrolet SS Ute would surely be it.

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What we

Fun to drive.

Sounds great.

insulated interior and solid quality.

Tonneau cover smart, fits snugly and is to use.

What we would

Park distance control in the

Slightly less power for the steering at high speed.

A boot liner, as opposed to the shell/insert, which appears a #8216;soft#8217;.

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