By on June 27, 2011

GMInsidenews.com has put together its take on GM’s forthcoming 2013 lineup, which will see the launch of only a few new cars including the Cadillac “ATS” small sports sedan and “XTS” DTS replacement, as well as Buick’s Gamma II-platform “Baby Buick” and a similar Chevy model. Other tweaks are said to include 250+ HP for the Regal and Verano Turbo engines (i.e. wait on that Regal GS unless you’re going to tune it yourself), a new interior for the Lamdas and SRX, a diesel engine for the Cruze and more. Hit the jump for all the details…

Buick

Enclave: Expect a mid-cycle enhancement (refresh) on the 2013 Enclave. Sources have stated that the majority of the enhancements will reside in a new interior. The Enclave will also gain Buick’s new IntelliLink infotainment system launching on the 2012 LaCrosse and Regal. Don’t expect any radical changes to the engine lineup.

Encore: Yes, that’s right, the “Baby Enclave” will finally launch in the 2013 model year. The Gamma based crossover will be a five-seater, about the size of the Nissan Rogue (or a touch bigger).

LaCrosse: To our surprise, the 2013 LaCrosse will likely see some updates in 2013. Considering the 2012 model has all-new powertrains, we expect the updates to be design related and minor at best.

Regal: In a quest to keep the Regal constantly updated, the 2013 Regal Turbo will sport a redesigned 2.0-liter turbo. Power figures should come in around 250 horsepower. No other major changes are expected at this time.

Verano: The Verano Turbo model will launch in the 2013 model-year with the redesigned 2.0-liter turbo. Like the Regal, the engine is expected to be around or north of 250 horsepower.

Cadillac

ATS: The first Alpha car will launch in 2012 as a 2013 model (sedan only). We hear the name is not a done-deal just yet. Expect a four-cylinder mill to be standard and a turbo four optional. Production is expected to begin in July 2012.

CTS: The 2013 CTS has been a large question mark in recent months. Initially the car was to get a minor redesign in 2013, but sources have fallen silent on the matter for better than six months now. Considering the ridiculously mild front end revamp for 2012, perhaps the MCE for 2013 was canceled? We hope not.

Escalade:No major changes expected at this time. All new in 2014 model year.

SRX: Expect an all-new interior and other tweaks on the 2013 SRX. The interior update will include GM’s new capacitive touch center stack.

XTS: We aren’t proud of this one, but we reported in early 2009 that the Epsilon Cadillac was approved for 2012 (model year off). The new full-size Cadillac sedan will launch in Spring 2012 with one engine offering. The long-awaited 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 will not show up in the XTS until the 2014 model year. Expect the XTS to showcase several new technologies out of GM, including an all-new infotainment interface and all-LCD gauge cluster (like the Volt).

Chevrolet:

Avalanche: No major changes.

Camaro: No major changes expected as a mild refresh is expect in the 2014 model year. GM could surprise us with the launch of another specialty model to complement the ZL1, however.

Corvette: No major changes. The current car will soldier on until the all-new Corvette in 2014 model year.

Cruze: Confidence is increasing that Chevrolet will have a sizable update to the 2013 Cruze, including enhancements to the interior and exterior. As GMI reported, we also expect the addition of a diesel engine offering.

Equinox: No major changes.

Express: No major changes.

Gamma Crossover: Way back in 2009 GMI reported that Chevrolet had been awarded a new Gamma based small crossover for North America. At the time we reported the vehicle would launch in 2012. It turns out that the Gamma Chevy is panning out and is slated to launch in late 2012 as a 2013 model. Not much is known about the vehicle at this time, but expect it to be similar to the Opel Meriva, which is also based on the sub-compact Gamma architecture. GMI followed up late last year with another report on the small Chevy crossover.

Impala: As GMI reported back in 2009, the Impala will be all new in 2014 on the Premium Epsilon platform. As such, the 2013 model will be almost entirely carry over from the current car.

Malibu: GM has already revealed the 2013 Malibu! The eAssist model will launch in January 2012, followed by the new 2.5-liter in late Summer.

Silverado: No major changes. The all-new Silverado launches in the 2014 model year.

Sonic: Expect an RS variant of the new Sonic to launch.

Suburban: No major change as a new Suburban will hit in 2014 model year.

Tahoe: No major changes. The all-new Tahoe will launch in the 2014 model year.

Traverse: Expect a new interior and other minor changes on the 2013 model.

Volt: The 2013 Volt has been the subject of much debate amongst our sources. It is possible the car will see some software tweaks to pull more EV range out of the car’s lithium pack, along with other small changes.

GMC

Acadia: Like the rest of the Lambda team, expect a new interior and other minor changes for 2013.

Sierra: No major changes expected. An all new Sierra will launch in the 2014 model year.

Terrain: No major changes, though the addition of a Denali version is possible. If the Denali does happen, it will likely be an appearance package only.

Yukon/Yukon XL: No major changes. All new models in 2014 model year.

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98 Comments on “Ask The Best And Brightest: How Is GM’s 2013 Lineup Shaping Up?...”


  • avatar
    mtymsi

    You’re kidding right? A diesel option in a U.S. Cruze? If it’s true I think they’ll sell quite a few so long as the MPG is what you’d expect and there isn’t a ridiculous price premium.

    • 0 avatar
      paul_y

      I am a major nemesis of GM, and even I’d look at a diesel Cruze if it was priced right. The current car gets great reviews (for a cheap Chevy, at least), and a diesel that posts decent numbers would be tough to pass up.

  • avatar
    relton

    The Cadillac ATS is going to have a 4 cylinder engine, as well as a manual driver’s seat track?

    And you have to ask how this is going to work out?

    Haven’t any of those guys ever seen a Cimarron?

    Bob

    • 0 avatar
      PintoFan

      The difference is that the Cimarron was a shameless badge job, and the ATS is based on a brand-new platform unique to Cadillac (at least initially). At least give it a chance before assuming it’s too plebian.

    • 0 avatar
      cmoibenlepro

      There are other entry-level luxury cars with a 4 cylinder engine
      Audi A3
      Mercedes B class
      Volvo S40
      Acura TSX

      There could be a market for such cars. Maybe you should wait before moaning.
      At least it is not based on the Cruze, so the Cimarron comparison is poor.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        The A3 uses a turbo 4. The B-class isn’t for sale in the USA. The US version of the S40 uses a 227hp turbo I5, the TSX I4 makes 200hp and spins in a glorious symphony to 7000RPM and reviewers still constantly complain about its low power.

        Unless GM created a whole new engine for the ATS, they don’t have any naturally aspirated I4 that is currently competitive here.

        Meanwhile, the $25K Impala will offer as standard equipment a 302hp V6 that is the optional engine on the CTS.

      • 0 avatar
        HoldenSSVSE

        @ajla

        To call out the A3 as being a turbo four is a bit of an exercise in semantics. The engine based on the two two-oh slow with an iron (iron block in a luxury car, say it isn’t true!!!) and produces all of 200 HP.

        You dismiss the TSX as a luxury car with a 4-banger, but it is a factual statement that it is indeed a luxury car with a 4-banger and even with its lack of a turbo, produces 200 HP.

        The GM 2.4 produces 182 HP without any magic voodoo. The GM 2.0 turbo four with its nuts completely cut off and on a heavy dose of Serquel still produces 225 HP in the Regal turbo. Other car makers are getting 200+ HP out of non-turbo 4 engines.

        But none of that matters because if we look at present day and the future…

        No one mentioned the Lexus hybrid offerings plural with 4-bangers as the only option.

        You also ignore that BMW is going 4-cylinder, oh yes, it has a turbo.

        http://www.bmwblog.com/2011/01/28/new-turbo-4-cylinder-engines-to-arrive-in-the-us-before-year-end/

        There are tons of rumors in the press that Mercedes will be bringing the Euro 4-banger in the C-class here to to states.

        Have you already forgotten that the Infiniti G series is going to be getting Mercedes Benz 4-bangers also?

        http://www.egmcartech.com/2010/04/07/infiniti-g-lineup-to-get-mercedes-4-cylinder-engines-as-part-of-new-alliance/

        I would say that Cadillac is responding to competitor plans more than anything else, plans already well published. The story also indicates that the base engine is a 4-banger, the option in a turbo.

        Your closing sentence just proves that horsepower and cylinders don’t mean squat. Just because the W-Body ancient Impala is going to get the 302 HP V6 standard through the end of its life likely doesn’t make it any better of a car – or are you really trying to build that argument? Because if that’s the case than the 392 Challenger must be the best damn car on the freakin’ planet – shoot that sucker has EIGHT cylinder and scary amounts of horsepower. Why on earth would anyone buy a 5-series over that?!?

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        @HoldenSSVSE:

        I disagree with you an awful lot on this subject. We disagree so much in fact that I don’t think a rebuttal to your comment will help the discussion here because we just share absolutely zero common ground on this one. And, I don’t think anyone wants to watch us write long dissertations back and forth at each other.

        I also obviously didn’t make my point clearly earlier, and I apologize for that.

        We’ll just have to see how the ATS’s engine strategy turns out. If it does well, I’ll freely admit I was wrong.

        Cheers.

      • 0 avatar
        Sam P

        Don’t forget the Audi A4, the majority of which carry the corporate VW 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder.

      • 0 avatar
        relton

        How many of them have manual seats (inthe US)?

        The combination of a 4 cylinder engine and manual seats tells me Cadillac & GM don’t have a clue about their true market position.

        Bob

    • 0 avatar
      SVX pearlie

      I understand the new BMW 3er is going to have a 4-banger under the hood, just like it did in the old 318s and 320s.

      I recall those E18 and E30 cars being awfully crude inside, as well.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        E21. What is an E18? 320i’s and 318i’s weren’t crude inside. They were spartan, purposeful, driver oriented, and tasteful. That was a long time ago, though.

      • 0 avatar
        SVX pearlie

        Huh? The BMW of days gone by had almost as much hard surfacing and plastic as a BMW of today.

        Granted, they surpassed the Saab 900 competition, but they weren’t miracles of leather, and still aren’t today.

      • 0 avatar
        HoldenSSVSE

        I think CJinSD is looking at the 318 with far too much nostalgia. The interior had about as much charm as a plastic cooler, and I think the interior plastics were made by Coleman.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        The alternatives thirty years ago had tufted velour, plastic wood made by people who had never encountered the real stuff, misaligned interior trim, ergonomics by chance, and flacid controls. The controls in those old BMWs were quality items that worked for years and felt like they were attached to $13,000 worth of car when the average sedan was half as much. No, a cow didn’t die each time a BMW was upholstered, but they were made out of durable materials with no tacky details. I’d take an E30 interior over an E90 interior from a design perspective in an instant.

      • 0 avatar
        HoldenSSVSE

        The E36 318i didn’t even have a tilt steering wheel.

        …Despite the increased size in this generation, interior space is not much larger than in previous BMWs. Rear space is acceptable only for two small adults, and rear head room is tight in the coupe due to its slightly lower roofline. Cabins are rather austere, with a lot of hard plastic surfaces that seem inappropriate for the car’s price. Lack of a tilt feature means the steering wheel sits a bit high, but analog gauges are unobstructed and radio and climate controls are close at hand…

        It get raves for handling and braking, and performance only if you rev the engine and shift high with the manual, automatic considered a slug.

        I had a co-worker who had a ’97 E36/5 shooting break base and I remember it being rev happy in a good way with good road chracteristics but the interior plastics being equal to a plastic cooler. Plastic coolers are very well built and last a long time, but the surfaces are hard and lack any kind of character or texture. Seats were supportive and I guess being clad with Denny’s restuarant grade material is a good thing – at least its durable. I was surprised at how many corners BMW had cut on the E36/5 and felt it was the BMW for people who wanted the prestige but couldn’t afford the payment of a “real” 3-series. I know the E36/5 was a special “base” model made as a low cost introduction to BMW model, so maybe the E36 318 were better.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        We weren’t discussing E36s. E36 interior materials actually did stink on ice. They were made to be eco-friendly and self-recycling, which meant that E36s were about half as durable as E30s and a tenth as dependable. The interiors had more features initially, like power seats and dual zone climate controls, but everything you’d touch but the leather wheel, seat, and shifter was of plastic better suited to packing materials. There are different grades of plastics. E21s and E30s had plastics selected for durability and tactile qualities. E36s had plastics selected to be recycled with low energy requirements.

    • 0 avatar
      srogers

      I hate to agree with cjinsd, but the interiors of the 3 series were just fine for a driver’s vehicle. Well designed, driver-centric and simple. And I thought that mine looked good inside (and out).

    • 0 avatar
      theo78-96

      And of course, size = quality ?

      BTW, the Cimmaron was available with a (very ordinary) V6.

      This car would have to be turbocharged, it just won’t meet Euro 5 _and_ be able to exceed about 50 MPH without it.

    • 0 avatar
      GarbageMotorsCo.

      The ATS won’t be Government Motors Cimaron, the new Buick Verano will be instead. A rebadged, “luxed-out” Chevy Snuze exactly 30 years after the introduction of the original Cimaron.

      “Cimar-ano” anybody?

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        The Verano is based on the Opel Astra sedan. So get your facts right before you bash away – or is it just instinct now?

      • 0 avatar
        GarbageMotorsCo.

        http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f74/buick-verano-new-compact-based-chevrolet-cruze-96256/

        “Buick Verano: New compact based on Chevrolet Cruze”

        So get your facts right before you bash away – or is it just instinct now?

      • 0 avatar
        Educator(of teachers)Dan

        Actually, world-wide there is quite a few vehicles based on the Delta II platform with others being planned. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Delta_II_platform#Delta_II

        When I google seached for the Delta II I did find one blog with the article: “Delta II, GM’s K-Car?”

      • 0 avatar
        SVX pearlie

        I wonder if GM should simply “hide” the platform information, like Audi does. That way, people wouldn’t be able to make as much nonsense and noise about “rebadging”, even when it doesn’t apply.

  • avatar
    Slare

    The Impala is getting a very minor exterior update, along with a pretty major change to the 3.6L V6 + 6 speed AT. Not exactly game changers but if they keep the huge pile of cash on the hood, that’s a very nice powertrain upgrade to get for free.

    Dear GM – Update the Camaro interior so I can buy one. Or pile a little more money on the hoods of C6′s, you’re almost there.

  • avatar
    ajla

    No Caprice or Regal OPC… :(

  • avatar

    “Express: No major changes.”

    I’m truly shocked and disappointed. Maybe in another decade or two.

  • avatar
    brettc

    I can’t believe that we’ll actually see a diesel Cruze. So as with VW’s rumoured TDI offerings, I’ll believe it when I see them on dealership lots.

    If GM offers a diesel Cruze and Madza offers a 3 with the Sky-D engine, VW will actually have some competition! What a concept.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    In a perfect world:

    Cadillac would build masterpieces to do battle with the S-Class, 7-Series, A8, Rolls, Bentley and Maybach-level luxury cars, and nothing else. Real Standard of the World, rare-air stuff.

    Buick would go after everything below that: Merc, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Lincoln, in that order.

    GMC would make nothing but trucks and vans, no more CUVs. That would include some of those little Euro-delivery vans kids love these days.

    Chevy would have a firm price ceiling for all its non-unique models, to avoid overlap with the other brands.

    • 0 avatar
      cmoibenlepro

      In real world, if you have a choice between a Cadillac and a S-Class or 7-Series, few people with enough money would choose the Cadillac.

      In that category a GM would have as much appeal as a VW; e.g. none. Look the success of the Phaeton.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      I agree with philadlj. GM needs to get focused and to get more ambitious than taking Caddy down-market. STANDARD OF THE WORLD. That used to mean something.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      We’ll be trading my wife’s 2008 Highlander AWD in 2013 for a new vehicle (don’t know what yet) but if this is the line-up for GM, we’ll have to pass and consider other car makers.

      The US auto industry shakeout is supposed to be complete by MY 2015 but even with an all-new lineup for 2014 I don’t see GM as surviving. It takes years for an all-new line-up to prove if it’s reliable and durable, or just more of the same “NEW, IMPROVED, BETTER THAN EVER” hype we get every year with SSDD.

    • 0 avatar
      M 1

      philadlj, that was the most cogent post on the subject yet.

      cmoibenlepro, that was exactly phil’s point about why they need to change their strategy… the Phaeton is still a VeeDub. It was no better than Caddy’s current offerings. But it isn’t like VW has those kinds of roots to get back to. Caddy still (faintly) does.

  • avatar
    PintoFan

    Exciting. I am most interested in the ATS and the XTS, but the diesel Cruze could also be interesting.

  • avatar
    geeber

    In the family sedan segment, 2013 is shaping up to be a crucial year. The Malibu, Fusion, Accord, and, I believe, the Camry are scheduled to be completely redesigned. That should make choosing a car in this segment quite interesting.

    The redesigned full-size trucks and SUVs are not scheduled to debut until 2014, which probably looks like a very long way into the future to the dealers selling the current models against the Ford F-Series.

    • 0 avatar
      86er

      The redesigned full-size trucks and SUVs are not scheduled to debut until 2014, which probably looks like a very long way into the future to the dealers selling the current models against the Ford F-Series.

      It does, and it is. GM seems to be a company of ever-diminishing resources. It was able to put a competitive effort into a strong update of its 2500-3500HD line in response to Ford’s updates in 2008, but has done precious little to its half-tons and GMT900 SUVs since 2007.

      • 0 avatar
        Patrickj

        A year or two delay on the mass market pickups and SUVs may not be a bad thing, as it will permit designs that can keep selling in the higher CAFE mileage and fuel price environment through the end of the decade.

        Something tells me that the massive frontal area of the current F-150 design may be short-lived.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      In the family sedan segment “completely redesigned” usually means that if you are a car enthusiast, and see the old and new car side-by-side, you MIGHT be able to tell them apart. And the new one will generally be the uglier one.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Naming a new Buick hatchback after an awful Renault from what proved to be a false start at US market survival makes sense!

  • avatar
    Bryce

    WE always had a diesel Cruz and its the one that goes best it should be popular in the US

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    The new Sonic sounds interesting, a performance version even more so.
    A diesel Cruze will fill a gaping hole in the market, what ever is taking GM so long? Perhaps Chrysler will put some sweet diesels from Fiat into their cars to and the market will definitely warm up.

  • avatar
    HoldenSSVSE

    Buick

    Enclave: Exterior still competitive, interior says, “hey, we were going bankrupt when we came up with this, it was the best we can do,” so a refresh that focus on the inside makes sense.

    Encore: Makes sense, need to see more info

    LaCrosse: Like the LaCrosse, seems to be a legit ES fighter, the eAssist or free V6 sales model will be interesting to watch in 2012

    Regal: Damn skippy it needs more power, the 225 HP turbo Regal was a marketing gaffe. AWD, AWD, AWD, AWD!

    Verano: Oh it will never sell! Ya, tell that to Ford moving $28K+ Focii to customers. If it gets 250 HP this should be a VERY interesting car to drive.

    Cadillac

    ATS: Bunch of whiners. Study your GM history. Cimmaron took an existing Cavelier and slapped a bunch of Cadillac logos on it and called it good. Epic fail. ATS is a new platform, Cadillac only, RWD. Every other luxury maker in North America has 4-banger versions on the table by 2013, do some reading before you whine. No idea if Cadillac will get it right.

    CTS: So far so good year over year, GM keeps making this one better. Hopefully the trend continues.

    Escalade: All new in 2014? I thought the GMT platform outside of Silverado/Sierra was dead in 2014.

    SRX: GM still trying to find its way, but sells well.

    XTS: Don’t know enough to commnet – but the last of the bean counter era Cadillacs are gone.

    Chevrolet:

    Avalanche: I can’t believe GM is still going to sell the weak selling Avalanche. I have a soft spot for them, I owned one, one of my favorite vehicles – more versatile than a Swiss Army knife but weak sales due to gas gulping engines.

    Camaro: Dear Chevrolet, $250 more spent on the interior would go such a long way.

    Corvette: And no surprise with the new model coming in 2013

    Cruze: Well, the Cruze is selling, despite all the declarations that it wouldn’t, 38 day inventory, about 10% to fleet, actually sells in California – so it isn’t Avis buying them all up. A diesel version that pushes the needle on MPG (as long as GM doesn’t slap a huge premium price on it ala VW) and word of a potential SS coupe could make things VERY interest. Hoodie ninjas everywhere beware!

    Equinox: No major changes – why mess with a good thing.

    Express: Ack!

    Gamma Crossover: This is a hole in the line up. Tons of competition, will be interesting to see what they do.

    Impala: The last year of the W-Body in North America. It is better than what people think, I hear the Romans used them as a police escort when Jesus was paraded through Jerusalem.

    Malibu: I think the Malibu needs more than it’s refresh; Hyundai has really raised the bar and a refreshed Frigidaire, errr, Camry, sorry, Camry, is coming.

    Silverado: No big surprise. Would be nice if GM could find another MPG somewhere in there.

    Sonic: First sub-compact built by an American car company I’ve ever been remotely excited about. The same engine as the Cruze in a package with what is said to have a damn good suspension but weighs 500 to 700 pounds lighter? And that’s without the RS package?!? Oh say it is true!!!

    Suburban: See previous comment about GMT platform

    Tahoe: Totally confused. I thought the Tahoe was dead. Dead, dead, deadski replaced by the Enclave by 2014.

    Traverse: See comments about Enclave.

    Volt: Albatross or soaring eagle, we’ll know by 2013.

    GMC

    Acadia: See Traverse/Enclave.

    Sierra: See Silverado.

    Terrain: See Equinox.

    Yukon/Yukon XL: See Tahoe/Suburban/Escalade

    • 0 avatar
      stationwagon

      (GM PR manager)
      *copies list
      *hands list to product development manager
      “hey, take a look at consumer product development suggestions”
      (GM product development manager)
      *looks at list, laughs
      *immediately throws it into garbage

    • 0 avatar
      M 1

      Suburban/Tahoe dead? LOL

      They’re one of the biggest selling vehicles in such truck-heavy locales as Texas. Heck, I’m getting ready to flip my ’07 for a ’13, most likely.

      My favorite trick is to find a truck guy and talk him into buying an older used Suburban. Within about 18 months they’re starting to think about buying a new one. Every. Single. Time.

      I’ve never seen anything that sells itself so well.

  • avatar
    MarcKyle64

    It feels so wrong not to see Pontiac or Oldsmobile in that list. Since they also got rid of Hummer & Saturn, was GM just trying not to go past the Letter “G” in some sort of pointy haired boss’s Barithian idea of cost cutting?

    • 0 avatar
      SVX pearlie

      No, because otherwise, we’d still have Geo.

      • 0 avatar
        MarcKyle64

        Geo was just a way for Chevrolet dealers to sell Toyotas, Isuzus and Suzukis because they couldn’t make a decent small car themselves. Despite being there at the NUMMI/CAMI plants and watching how the Japanese did business, GM didn’t learn squat. I still see folks with Geo Prizms commuting to work.

  • avatar
    NewLookFan

    Well, I suppose I’m beating a dead horse here, but better than ripping a new small Cadillac that’s not even out yet. Where are the Colorado and Canyon? Am I the only one who still wants a compact truck (not a mid-size!)? The S-10 used to sell well. Or what about the Chevrolet Montana? Will somebody please bring a new small ute or compact truck to the market, PLEASE?

    I suppose it’s un-American not to aspire to driving the biggest vehicle possible. RIP, Colorado & Ranger.

    • 0 avatar
      srogers

      The cliched answer here is that any new compact pickup will end up priced too closely to the existing full sized pickups. And in that case, how many North Americans will really buy the smaller truck? Just like everyone wants a turbo-diesel until they see the price premium that it requires.

    • 0 avatar
      HoldenSSVSE

      Colorado/Canyon are dead in North America, I think 2013 or 2014 is supposed to be the last year of sales? Maybe GM announced something that I missed.

      Fair amount of chatter that the Holden Zeta Ute could find its way to North America with a small DI V6 as the base engine in 2015 and sold as a Chevy El Camino to replace the Colorado. Uplevel engine would be either an LS2 or LS3 or variant (like the L76 or L92). One can dream at least.

      The Ranger is a dead platform walking. I kind of giggle any time I see a Toyota ad for the Tacoma that states its the best selling pickup truck in its class; pretty soon it will be the only pickup truck in its class and it doesn’t need that kind of pimping anyway. It’s a damn good pickup truck and would be my only choice if I was looking at a compact pickup.

    • 0 avatar
      theo78-96

      Colrado is going upsize in order to meet what the market wants in SE Asia.

      This means its too close in size to local pickups.

  • avatar
    Sinistermisterman

    No real surprises, but I honestly thought GM would try to keep up with Ford with a new range of truck/SUV engines. 2014 seems a long way off for the GMT900 platform to continue without a turbocharged six to keep things competitive on the MPG front.

  • avatar
    mazder3

    Encore? You’ve got to be #@^&R$$%^& kidding. ENCORE? Why in the living #$%^&*() would you name ANY vehicle ENCORE, especially after the Renault debacle? Doesn’t anyone at GM read this site?!? The B’n’B came up with a whole fleet of good car names! ENCORE?!?!? Whoever GM has hired to supply names needs to be fired immediately. They hired a firm called “The Naming Group” to provide names? Seriously?!? FFS, GM had some of the best car names in the industry!!! E-N-C-O-R-E!?!?!?

    Although, it is pretty funny that two vehicles in the same class will have ex-AMC names :)

  • avatar

    Will the new Escalade be the first of the new Lambdas, and not another bloody Acadia?

    Will it be… GMT1000?

    That’d be nice. That’d be cool. Make sense, even, maybe, with more GMTs to sell?

    But I don’t think so.

    At least there won’t be any more Escalades with the dopey baby-bed.

  • avatar

    The new Bu looks hella nasty

    Hahaha @ denali terrain

    interest in new corvette

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Sniff…sniff…sniff… Do I smell a new Impala in my future? I hope so – IF it makes sense to me, of course. By then I’ll be close to retirement, and perhaps I’ll just find a really nice Victory Red current edition to personalize instead. Time will tell.

    Maybe the Camaro’s windows will get larger? Nah, not a chance, I’m afraid. Phooey.

  • avatar
    Acc azda atch

    SO.

    STILL cant buy a C segment hatch with NO AWD = DAMN coupling from GM.
    Nice.

  • avatar
    chrisgreencar

    “Enclave: Expect a mid-cycle enhancement (refresh) on the 2013 Enclave.”

    Mid-cycle? It was introduced in Spring ’07 as an ’08 model. 2013 will be year 6. Just how long is the cycle? 12 years?? There should be an entirely new model by 2013!

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Anyone concerned that the ATS will be crippled in the market because it is part of a platform program that has been kicking around since 2004; getting cancelled, revived, postponed, forgotten, regurgitated, and mostly promised in the long range while always getting killed in the short range? Do people here think the Solstice’s combination of old Sigma axles, pickup transmissions, Cobalt steering components, and GM’s 4 cylinder engines will challenge whatever the other near-luxury automakers are offering in 2013 and beyond?

    • 0 avatar
      SVX pearlie

      ATS is a 3-fighter. If BMW exists because of the 3er, and Infiniti can survive selling the G 3-fighter, then adding a 3-fighter to Caddy’s lineup won’t hurt.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Will an old car made of old, repurposed parts compete with the 3 or the G of 2013 and beyond? The Cimarron was marketed as a 3 series fighter. Advertising efforts included a features comparison showing how it stacked up on paper against the 320i, 4000S, 900, and possibly even the 505. It was the most contemporary car in GM’s lineup, but by being obviously second rate in execution to the imports, the end result was pointing out just how inferior Cadillac really was to competitors that had begun to assert themselves in the mid-price class. I think your axiom has been tested and was proven to be false when the product didn’t measure up. Looking at the technical composition of the ATS, not only will history repeat itself, any brand equity Cadillac has nurtured in the past 3 years will be spent in the process.

      • 0 avatar
        SVX pearlie

        And yet, the CTS is a world class car.

  • avatar
    Dynasty

    I actually like the Impala. A friend of mine has one and every time I ride in it about once every three months I comment on how comfortable it is.

    We have some at work for the company ride, and I drove one not too long ago and generally was impressed with its driving dynamics.

    I think GM should keep it and just keep refining it and make it better and better.

    They have a good thing with the Impala.

    • 0 avatar
      Acc azda atch

      DYNASTY..
      The IMPALA is a 20yr old FRONT DRIVE W-BODY PIECE OF SHIT that dates back to 88! It should have been taken out back and SHOT in its HEAD numerous times.

      THIS is the IPITOMY of a GENERIC car. (PERFECT for GM!)
      It doesn’t have anything positive to OFFER ANYONE.
      POOR power.
      POOR handling.
      POOR cornering.
      POOR interior.
      They has a SS trim 3+yrs ago.. but it boiled down to a badge job and 1″ larger tires. For people who have to get to the golf course in a column shifter even faster…
      Its got NOTHING good about it except old bastards who DON’T like driving and want to remember how good 1960 was with 6pass seating… drive this ancient DIRTBOX.

      HONESTLY,
      There are other cars more ENGAGING to drive than a this buffalo.

      • 0 avatar
        Dynasty

        Sounds like someone needs some nappy time. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday?

        For what the impala is, it is a fine car.

        Name me one car, that there would not be any other vehicle in the world that is not MORE ENGAGING in at least one aspect.

        Oh, my house is 100 years old. Should I burn it down since its an ancient dirt box and build a new home because according to your logic, it would be impossible for a 100 year old structure and design to compete with modern houses (that happen to disintegrate upon expiration of the 30 year mortgage)

      • 0 avatar
        Acc azda atch

        Ya cant compare a house.. to ya car.

        Stop acting stupid.

        Thinking the Impala is a great car, shows you are definitely near retirement.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      Hear, hear!

      • 0 avatar
        mikey

        @ Zackman….The dude has some issues. Dollar for dollar the Impala is the best value on the market today.

      • 0 avatar
        Acc azda atch

        MIKEY:

        So basically..
        The Impala HAS nothing going for it, but SINCE it IS the CHEAPEST PIECE OF SHIT ya can find from GM.. you are going to buy it.

        THIS slice of crap re-iterates the worst of GM.
        No matter how much work
        No matter how much engineering goes into the interior, frame, motor or the experience of driving..
        This gutless generic 20+yr old example W body that should have been turned into chinese STEEL long time ago..

        Its only redeeming quality.. is that its cheap.
        Perfect.

        YOU are the perfect type.. that ONLY buys GM cars when they are on FIRESALE and complains why other companies dont do it.

        There is no redeeming quality in this W body.. except that its cheap.

      • 0 avatar
        Educator(of teachers)Dan

        Whooo hooooo! Mikey finally has an avatar!

      • 0 avatar
        Zackman

        Whooo hooooo! Mikey finally has an avatar!

        ‘Bout time.

        Yes Mikey, I couldn’t agree more, the Impala IS a great value all around. My post was agreeing with Dynasty.

      • 0 avatar
        mikey

        Yeah…. Thanks guys. Along with my new avatar I’m adopting a “don’t feed the trolls” policy.

      • 0 avatar
        Zackman

        …I’m adopting a “don’t feed the trolls” policy.

        As I have, my friend!

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    I am surprised that GM isn’t trying to add more passenger cars and working on eliminating SOME of their trucks and SUV’s to increase CAFE mileage standards.

    Some interesting things here in a very few models.

    The Sonic looks to be about the ONLY car from GM that I’d even remotely consider as it’s a hatchback and the ONLY one at the lower end too.

    Still not enough to convince me GM is making permanent changes to its long term survival.

    • 0 avatar
      Acc azda atch

      Dont kid yourself.

      The SONIC isnt a vehicle Id put a dead body into.
      GM STILL ignores the C class segment.
      They got the Cruze (a half size larger than Cobalier)
      They got the Malibu (coming to be a half size larger than Cruze)
      The Impala.. (is dying horribly and miserably on the vine.)
      They got crossovers… out the kazoo

      They dont have a hatch.. larger than a AVEO– screw sonic name b.s WITHOUT AWD!!!
      They dont even have a HATCH for MALIBU which is designed on the same frame as the OPEL Insignia — and its got a hatch AND a wagon. — Buick is even working on a wagon (woohoo OPEL / VAUXHALL already RELEASED 3+YRS ago) for the U.S.

      AGAIN
      ANOTHER damn vehicle in another size.. we cant get.

      REMIND ME AGAIN, how much I H A T E GM.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        Many companies don`t offer hatches bigger than their sub-compact cars. Do you hate Nissan or Honda?

      • 0 avatar
        Acc azda atch

        Mike978
        Ya need to give examples of why YOU THINK they aren’t offering the hatches.. in anything larger than the B segment.
        Ya DAMN right, I cant stand recent iterations of BOTH companies.

        ————–

        Nissan has the VERSA and when it could have easily made the Sentra into the hatch with Versa being the 1/2″ size smaller than Altima. Nissan has the Juke and or Rogue but I wont touch either.

        ————–

        Honda has the FIT… with is unfit for the lunatic driving I do.
        Civic would be a perfect candidate for a hatch as would Accord.
        But neither “are a Honda.”

        ————–

        -Mazda has it in the 3 hatch. They had it in the 6 in a wagon.. but bastards bought the Escape for Mazda and or Cx7/9 instead.

        -Ford is also building the Focus in a hatch.. with a wagon to come in a few years.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        The Honda Crosstour is an Accord hatchback, particularly now that it is available with lower levels of equipment.

      • 0 avatar
        Dynasty

        Why so much anger?

        You need to chill out before we hear about you on the news with a sniper rifle on the top of some building somewhere blowing people up.

        Chill out.

      • 0 avatar
        Dynasty

        Why so much anger?

        You need to chill out before we hear about you on the news with a sniper rifle on the top of some building somewhere blowing people up.

        Chill out dude.

  • avatar
    nevets248

    consider the source: GMinsidenews is the Mecca for all one-handed typists who think that Lutz the putz is the center of the automotive universe. Sorta like listening to the nasal whining of Global Insight’s Rebecaa Lindland or Aaron Bragman.

  • avatar
    mjz

    I just don’t understand why they don’t bring the Cruze hatchback here. And what happened to the GMC Granite?

  • avatar
    cdm

    Paul,

    How does the Saabillac 9-TS not compete in the same space as the CTS?

  • avatar
    cdm

    Paul,

    How will having a stable of engines exceeding or near 100 hp/liter displacement affect Cadillac’s improving reputation for quality?


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