Thanks to a gaff in OnStar's website we now know more about a couple of General Motors' upcoming cars. Briefly this afternoon, OnStar's site listed the 2014 Chevrolet SS Performance and Cadillac ELR as compatible vehicles for its RemoteLink system.
Eagle-eyed blogger Christopher Price visited OnStar's website to check when his Pontiac G6 was due for service, and to see if his car is compatible with OnStar's new smartphone-enabled RemoteLink technology. When the list was opened up, Price was surprised to see something called "SS Performance" under the 2014 Chevrolet models. The acknowledgement that the Cadillac ELR will be making its debut for the 2014 model year was also spotted in the listing.
There has already been much speculation about a new Chevy model wearing the SS moniker, given that GM just recently filed a trademark for the SS name. SS is the only name that the bowtie could base its next NASCAR Sprint Cup car off of as well, since it announced that the car would be based on a new production vehicle with a new nameplate. Recent reports point to the Chevrolet SS to be a new rear-wheel drive sedan that will share the same Zeta platform from the now-dead Pontiac G8, Chevrolet Caprice police car, and the Australia-only Holden Commodore (pictured here).
So, is this “confirmation” the SS Performance name is a lock for the new vehicle? Well, not quite. Chances are that page panel was far from complete, seeing as the Avalanche – a vehicle that’s slated to die after the 2013 model year – is also listed under the 2014 Chevrolet range. We know a new Chevrolet car is coming in time for the 2014 model year, and that it may well wear the SS name (much like a similar rear-wheel-drive, high-performance concept sedan shown in 2003), but “SS Performance?” Time will tell, but that may just be a temporary working title used by a Web development team.
Cadillac already confirmed that the production version of the Converj Concept would be marketed as the ELR, but had yet to confirm timing of when that range-extended electric car would hit the streets. OnStar listed it as a 2014 model year vehicle. A Cadillac representative confirmed that, saying to expect the ELR in "about a year and a half. [It will definitely be] more than 12 months, but less than 24; maybe in the latter part of next year." The ELR will share the same 1.4-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor as the Chevrolet Volt that it is based on, but will wear the sharp creases of Cadillac's art and science design philosophy. Cadillac has also confirmed to us that the ELR will have a two-plus-two configuration.
When we spoke to a Chevrolet representative, he pointed out that "Clearly, there is some mix-up;" OnStar has yet to give comment on exactly what happened, but chances are this was just that: some sort of mix-up. We’ll keep you posted as GM formulates an official response.
UPDATE: We heard back from OnStar, who told us that incorrect information had been displayed when they did a system update and that they couldn't comment on any of the product information shown.
Source: Christopher Price, OnStar, GM