Get ready for some heartfelt/chintzy “13 in ’13″ slogan, people: Chevrolet says it will release 13 new models in 2013, from pickup trucks to electric cars to a new flagship model.
The Detroit Free Press reports that GM says it will refresh or release 13 new models next year, saying that “you know some of them…and a couple will be complete surprises.” Unfortunately for GM, that 13 number is almost exactly in line with what we’ve been reporting all along.
Let’s start with trucks and utilities: we’ve long known that 2013 would be the year that the Chevrolet Silverado would be updated, as would the duo of Tahoe and Suburban. The Texas, Michigan, and Indiana plants responsible for making the Silverado and full-size SUVs have either been retooled or are being retooled to make the new vehicles. Meanwhile, we’ve already driven the handsome new Traverse (and its platform-mates, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave), and you can’t forget the Equinox (which gets the corporate 3.6-liter V-6 engine) and Silverado HD, which gets some updates as well.
Further down the model lineup, we’ve seen (and admired) the 2014 Impala, which should bring the dowdy rent-a-car-upgrade model into the current decade. The ill-fated Pontiac G8 will return, albeit wearing some different clothes, as the Chevrolet SS (a civilian version of the Chevrolet Caprice police car). The Chevrolet Cruze will get, of all things, the option of a diesel engine to push its top-of-class fuel economy numbers even higher. The Sonic, meanwhile, gets an RS trim level that turns up the car’s sporting character. If putting fuel in your car isn’t your thing, you can opt for an EV version of the Spark minicar.
By our (and the FreeP’s count), that’s 11 models, which leaves two surprises, according to GM. Unless anything changes very soon, those two models are–wait for it–Corvettes. We’ve already seen plentiful evidence of a C7 Corvette coupe, and it looks like an all-new Corvette convertible (a must-make for Chevrolet) should follow. Then again, the Corvette convertible could be a 2014 model, and there’s one more surprise up some GM executive’s sleeve. That leaves one question–what could it be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Detroit Free Press