While some automakers, like Hyundai, use the aftermarket trade show to showcase cars that breach the extremes of the modification spectrum, others are content to hawk actual, more sensible add-ons. Like Chevrolet and its Blue Line, for example.
Chevrolet's Blue Line concepts don't look much different than regular cars, but that's a purposeful decision. You see, these normcore concepts actually showcase parts the buyer can purchase and install without sending the factory warranty six feet under. Turbocharging an Elantra and adding a wide-body kit? Not so good for the warranty.
The first of Chevy's two concepts, theBlue Line, gives the car a sportier aesthetic. The suspension is lower, there's a spoiler out back, and its body panels rock a ground effects kit with various blacked-out trim pieces. Inside, there are sportier pedals and illuminated doorsills. There's also a performance brake kit on there, but that won't be sold to the public.
The second model, the Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line, starts off with a slightly sportier Tobias Fünke joke in here somewhere.. This one sports a performance exhaust, air intake system, brake package and lowering kit. Best of all, the aforementioned Cruze parts will be available to buyers by the middle of 2017. Both models feature white paint, blue tinted windows and special blue wheels. I'm sure there's a
Of course, these SEMA-lite concepts won't be the only Chevrolet vehicles attending the show. There will be a few more, um, ambitious cars, like the Colorado ZH2 concept developed in conjunction with the US Army. We'll see them all in person in Las Vegas the first week of November.