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2011-04-01 14:34

OLDER AND WISER?: The 2011 Lumina range appears to have been toned down somewhat with the rollout of the latest updates.

The in-your-face Chevrolet Lumina SS range receives a few subtle updates for 2011.

Changes to the fun Lumina range apply to the specification and styling across the two body styles - sedan and Ute bakkie.

At the front, the Lumina’s bumper and air dam have been revised, while the fog lamps and headlights are new.

A chrome strip along the sedan’s bootlid is a shiny, new addition and so, too, is the rear moulding on the Ute’s tailgate that is now body-coloured.
While the tyre specification remains unchanged at 245/45 R18, the alloy rim has been redesigned.


Less obvious, though, is the change in the Lumina’s nomenclature from SS to SSV. According to GMSA, this move aligns the nameplate in South Africa with universal naming practices for the Lumina range.

Inside the cabin, the audio system has been jazzed up with a touchscreen display, USB socket and Bluetooth functionality, while the steering wheel now boasts satellite controls.

The Ute has received a safety update as well, with the addition of roof airbags taking the total number of airbags on both the sedan and bakkie versions to six.

Yet, despite the Lumina’s cosmetic and safety updates, the range continues to source its power from an all-aluminium 6-litre V8 with 270kW and 530Nm on tap. Drive is to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Lumina SS sedan  -  R441 930 (auto)
Lumina SS sedan  -  R444 390 (manual)
Lumina SS Ute  -  R413 700 (manual and auto)

All models come standard with GM’s five-year or 120 000km warranty with roadside assistance and a three-year or 60 000km service plan is standard. Service intervals are set at 15 000km or one-year intervals.

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