GM rumored to be considering a Corvette SUV
While we’re still confident that the shadowy vehicle in GM’s recent keynote presentation was not a Corvette SUV, a recent report from Bloomberg suggests that such a vehicle may be closer to reality than we hoped thought.
Bloomberg writes that, according to sources familiar with the matter, General Motors is exploring the potential of expanding the Corvette nameplate from a single vehicle to an entire family. Sadly, the most likely candidate to expand the crossed flags breed is an EV crossover. If such an SUV becomes a reality, expect it to ride on GM’s Ultium platform, an all-electric architecture that undergirds everything from the GMC Hummer EV to the Cadillac Lyriq. Insiders close to the matter tell Bloomberg that the additional Corvette-branded vehicle could go on sale as soon as 2025, but that’s no guarantee.
We’ve seen this before from the folks at Ford. The Mach-E is a compelling vehicle, but our enthusiast hearts are dismayed at the prospect of its Corvette counterpart. Even so, the harsh reality of today’s market is that crossovers are selling. Sports cars, on the other hand, are increasingly hard to justify, especially for volume brands like Chevrolet. We’re aware of the counterarguments for Corvette being a car, not a brand; but if the original pony car wasn’t safe from this shift, what makes the Corvette any less vulnerable?
If GM does choose to produce a Corvette SUV, we hope the General will use the profits reaped from such a vehicle to fund additional versions of the mid-engine C8 Corvette that we’ve come to know and love (à la Porsche, whose Cayenne and Macan crossovers financially compensate for a wide variety of loveable, though lower-volume, 911s).