Chevrolet Lumina SS based on the Holden CommodoreEnlarge Photo
It was only two months ago that Chevrolet first announced it was ditching the Impala in next year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup in favor of an all-new model, one that would also be joining the brand’s passenger vehicle lineup in the new year.
This immediately sparked rumors that either the Holden Commodore sedan or its long-wheelbase variant, the Caprice, would form the basis of the new model.
While Chevrolet remains tight-lipped on the matter, a number of hints have appeared online recently and this has reportedly caused the official announcement date to be brought forward.
According to Australia’s Drive, an announcement of an export program for the Holden Commodore sedan to the U.S. is imminent, possibly coming as early as this Friday.
Some of the hints that point towards the Commodore being reintroduced to the U.S. market (the car was previously sold as a Pontiac G8) include the sighting of several left-hand drive Commodore prototypes testing in Australia alongside the Dodge Charger sedan, which is sold exclusively in North America.
There was also a recent report claiming the Commodore was coming and possibly some other variants of the car including a wagon and utility.
Finally, there’s also the fact that the Commodore’s long-wheelbase cousin is already on sale in the U.S. as the Chevrolet Caprice PPV police cruiser.
As for the car’s name, the “SS Performance” moniker surfaced recently via a leak on GM’s own website for its OnStar system. The automaker also trademarked the SS symbol recently despite having used it on some of its cars for more than half a century.
Stay tuned for an update.
Pictured above is a left-hand drive version of the Holden Commodore sold in the Middle East as the Chevrolet Lumina SS.