GM announced today that its product portfolio in the U.S. and it will resemble more closely those in Europe and Asia—with much more fuel-efficient vehicles.
First, the Saturn Aura will be replaced with the Opel Insignia. Then there will be a production version of the Invicta Concept, but the car may not carry that name in production.
The future Chevrolet Cruze, that will debut at the Paris Auto Show, is expected to have a fuel economy of 40+ mpg. The next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and Cadillac SRX (based on the Cadillac Provoq concept) will arrive by 2010.
GMC will get a crossover, substantially smaller than the Acadia, equipped with four-cylinder engines. GMC is expected to get a version of the new Chevrolet Equinox; it’s "so different" you would never guess they were similar under the skin. The GMC version will most likely be called Terrain.
General Motors will unveil a wagon version of its successful Cadillac CTS this fall. It will compete with the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-class wagons. The wagon will go on sale next year and is destined for global sale. Also the coupe version will debut next year.
The SRX crossover will be replaced by a production version of the Provoq concept crossover as a 2010 model. If SRX has disappointed the sales, GM expects that the production version of the Provoq to be sold at around 60,000 to 70,000 units annually.
The current SRX is built on the Sigma architecture, also used for the CTS and STS. The next-generation SRX will be on a new architecture that is a blend of two GM front-wheel-drive architectures, Theta and Epsilon, and will likely be powered by a V-6 engine. In size it would be between the Saturn Vue and GM’s Lambda-based crossovers such as the Buick Enclave.
General Motors already announced that the Provoq Concept will enter production. It will come to replace the mid-sized SRX starting 2009. The production version will be powered by a V-6 gasoline engine. Provoq wants to draw young female buyers who like crossovers more than SUVs and wagons.
General Motors is trying to beat the Japanese automaker to market with the first zero-emission luxury car. The Provoq Concept was designed to run as far as 300 miles on a single fill-up — 280 miles from hydrogen and 20 miles on the battery.
Cadillac unveils a new vision for the future of luxury transportation with the innovative Provoq fuel cell concept – a hydrogen fuel cell crossover vehicle that continues GM’s commitment to displace petroleum through advanced technology.