The Chevrolet HHR started as a show car for the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show until it became an SUV built to fit the American driver's need for space and speed. With a fuel economy of 32 MPG, the HHR was the best in its class when it came to fuel economy during its debut. This retro-styled SUV was inspired by the stylistics of mid-1940s Chevrolet cars and trucks was designed with a cargo-carrying capacity of 62.7 cubic feet. Over the years this classic, yet modern day, vehicle boasts of versatility that was not popular with most SUVs of its time.
2005-2006: An old-fashioned SUV
The Chevrolet HHR debuted as a sport utility vehicle that was fashioned after the 1949 Chevrolet Suburban. It featured the same large, square fender flares and a hemispherical grille that was seen in the earlier Suburban. At first, the HHR was meant to be release as a 2066 model when it was first presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2005. With its valuable cargo space and efficient fuel economy, the HHR was later introduced into the market.
2007: Additional trim levels for the HHR
The 2007 model featured more options to choose from when it came to trim levels. The LS, LT, 2LT, and Special Edition were all introduced as options in 2007 to make the Chevrolet HHR more appealing, considering the growing demand for SUVs. A panel van variant was also made available for the LT trim.
2008: Chevrolet HHR SS Turbocharged
The 2008 model of the Chevrolet HHR came with one of the most powerful upgrades in the model's history. The 2008 Chevrolet HHR SS Turbocharged debut with a 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec LNF I4 engine and intercooler that is able to produce up to 260 bhp. Aside from its increased power output, the HHR SS Turbocharged was also fitted with race-tuned, high-performance suspension, five-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter, standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, aggressive black cross-mesh grille, liftgate-mounted aero spoiler, an analog A-pillar-mounted titanium boost gauge, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls, and a unique 18-inch high-polished aluminum wheels that completed the overall high-performing impact that older generations lacked.
2009-2011: The last of the Chevrolet HHR
Due to the downfall of the HHR's mother company, GM's HPVO Group, the nameplate was discontinued. The last of the HHR's series, had its last upgrade in the form of the SS Panel Concept.