Would You Buy a Chevrolet Corvette SUV If It Looked Like This?
Such a model has been in the news lately, but nothing points to it actually happeningby Tudor Rus, on
Ford took the Mustang name and slapped it on a crossover, albeit of the electric ilk, together with the Mach-E badge. So, the obvious question was whether Chevrolet will do the same with one of its nameplates, and the Corvette, not the Camaro, was forwarded as a potential name for a high-riding Chevy.
Of course, Chevy might or might not build a Corvette-based SUV, but if it did, what would it look like? One answer comes from TheSketchMonkey, and to put it frankly, we kind of like what we’re seeing. Should we feel bad about it?
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In a Car and Driver report from back in July, 2019, Daniel Golson quotes Automotive News (sub. req.) who had a chat with the great Bob Lutz (also former GM vice chairman) and found out that he would be in favor of a Corvette-inspired SUV. In Mr. Lutz’s own words:
“What I would do is develop a dedicated architecture, super lightweight, super powerful, Porsche Cayenne-like, only much better and a little bigger, medium-volume, Corvette SUV.”
What’s more, Mr. Lutz detailed that he would set a worldwide sales target of 20,000 to 30,000 units, each priced at $100,000, with “no V-6 powertrain” and “no low-end version.”
Now, we don’t know if Mr. Lutz knows something we don’t, but there’s nothing coming from Chevy on this topic for the time being. Nevertheless, analysts have been saying that a Corvette-badged, all-electric SUV would be beneficial for GM in its attempt to “convince customers that electric vehicles are a desirable performance option.”
Other than that, sporty SUVs are selling like hot cakes these days, so theoretically, the Corvette-badged would make sense. Mind the purists thought, as the use of the holy Corvette name on a high-riding vehicle might make them nauseous and angry.
Before that happens, we’ll settle for digital renderings of what a Corvette SUV might look like, such as the one taking life in the video above. The artist started off with your regular Corvette C8 and worked his way to giving it more ground clearance as well as a slightly-sloping, longer roof. Of course, the C8 is mid-engined so turning it into a road-going SUV will have to imply a front-engine configuration. That is, if there will ever be a Corvette-based SUV.
|Engine||LT2, 6.2-liter, n/a V-8, mid-mounted|
|Power||490 hp, 495 hp w/ the Z51 pack|
|Torque||465 lb-ft, 470 lb-ft w/ the Z51 pack|
|0-60 mph||2.9 s|
|Top speed||194 mph|