After the success of the Traverse, pictured above, Chevy is planning to release a new crossover SUV, rumored to hit the market next year.
Chevrolet has some of the most popular crossover models on the market—especially the acclaimed Traverse and Equinox. However, insight from Automotive News is that the carmaker believes there’s enough space between those two CUVs to fit a brand new crossover.
In order to more closely correspond to competing models, Chevrolet’s lineup is getting a “broader range.” This will involve fitting more models into the current lineup and giving current models a redesign to allow more room. After the Traverse gets a facelift next year, Chevrolet will introduce a three-row, short-wheelbase SUV to compete with the Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. This new crossover has yet to receive an official name.
Stuffing a lineup with nearly-similar models isn’t something only Chevrolet is doing—many leading automakers are packing their lineups to the brim. The question is whether a new, short Chevy crossover will win over customers from competing models or merely usurp them from Chevrolet’s other sport utility vehicles.
Buick is quickly becoming General Motors’ most impressive brand. Thanks to a clever marketing campaign and a strong visual redesign, Buick models have found their way into many new homes across the United States. Is the automaker ready to claim victory and casually coast through on its newfound popularity? Hardly!
Despite a staggering 1.2 million sales in 2014, Buick’s lineup only contains five models. Thus, there are plenty of gaps in the segment to be filled—starting with a sporty, three-door hatchback. Where will GM be getting the inspiration for this youth-oriented model? From Opel, of course!
After the successful introduction of the 2016 Cascada, which was also inspired by an Opel model, Buick is planning on rebadging the Opel Adam as a model it can sell stateside. However, it won’t arrive until the next generation of the hatch is released, around 2018.
Other new Buick models will include its own version of the Envision crossover from China, as well as redesigns for many of its current models. What types of models would you like to see Buick introduce? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!