GM Debuting Two New Crossovers at Detroit
Looks like the Chevy Traverse and GMC Terrain will move into next generationby Mark McNabb, on
General Motors is set to debut two, all-new crossovers at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January. The news comes from a source with knowledge of GM’s plans who spoke under anonymity to Automotive News. The two crossers will be the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2017 GMC Terrain.
The two family friendly vehicles are the oldest crossovers the GM’s fleet, with both dating back to GM’s 2009 bankruptcy days. In the years since, GM has focused on improving its pickup truck, large SUV, and sedan lineups. Attention has now turned to crossovers.
The first member of GM’s new generation of crossover is already selling at dealerships: the 2017 GMC Acadia. It rides on the C1XX platform shared with the 2017 Cadillac XT5. The 2017, second-generation Acadia is smaller than its predecessor, but still has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. The same platform update is expected for the next generation Chevy Traverse, however it’s expected to retain its larger size.
As for the GMC Terrain, it will debut with a new platform shared with recently released 2018 Chevy Equinox. Both are likely to share the same powertrain options, which include a 1.5-liter turbo-four, a 2.0-liter turbo-four, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder.
These updated crossovers should find great success as consumer trends have shifted towards crossovers. Even at their current age, GM sold 119,945 Traverses and 112,030 Terrains in 2015.
The Detroit Auto Show will take place January 8 through 22, with the most debuts happening Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10. TopSpeed will be covering the show in force, so stick around for all the latest releases.
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Why It Matters
General Motors has a lot invested in its SUV and crossover lines. These trendy people moves generally bring higher profits than smaller cars, so if GM hits a homerun, its can expect to line its coffers with much needed cash. As for consumers, they will have two all-new crossovers to choose from, one of which will offer a fuel-sipping yet torquey turbodiesel option. A high seating position, tons of passenger and cargo room, and optional features like AWD are what has driven crossovers into popularity.
There are also rumors of Chevrolet bringing back the Blazer name. A Chevy-badged test mule with the same proportions as the 2017 GMC Acadia was recently spotted and Automotive News reported a source familiar with the project said the Blazer name was involved. Should Chevy indeed introduce the Blazer, it would likely slot between the Equinox and the larger Traverse. That would mean the Traverse would indeed be larger than the GMC Acadia.
Gasoline is poured onto this ember when speculation of Ford’s revival of the Bronco SUV. Will Ford and Chevy have a showdown of classic SUV names? Only time will tell. Stick around with TopSpeed for all the news coming out of Detroit.
Source: Automotive News