By on October 11, 2012

 

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Chevrolet is betting that the number 13 will be lucky one. The GM brand announced on Wednesday that they will be introducing 13 redesigned or completely new vehicles for the North American market in 2013. While a number of those are expected, like the new Impala and the latest iteration of the Silverado fullsize body-on-frame pickup, according to GM spokesman Michael Albano the automaker is “thrilled” that two of the thirteen cars and trucks will be “complete surprises”. Joining the Impala and Silverado, among the non-surprises there’s going be a new Traverse CUV, a diesel Cruze and an electric Spark (sorry, I didn’t name the car).

“13 is a big year for Chevrolet. You know some of them. There’s a lot of chatter about others and a couple will be complete surprises, which we’re thrilled about.”

The 7th generation Corvette is generally assumed to be going to have a 2013 reveal, most likely at the NAIAS in just a few months. The Chevrolet SS, the civilian version of Chevy’s latest 9C1 offering and the brand Chevy will be promoting in NASCAR’s marquee Sprint Cup series, has also been announced for 2014 and we’ll probably see the production version introduced sometime next year as well. There’s been plenty of chatter about both and neither is anywhere near a complete surprise so my question to the B&B is, what two “surprise” vehicles will Chevrolet introduce to the US market in 2013? My effort at a WAG is that one of them will be a coupe that reprises a name from Chevy’s heritage, perhaps a Chevelle or maybe a Monte Carlo, and the other will be a Cruze wagon, currently only available in Euro spec, that they’ll call the Nomad.

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83 Comments on “Ask the Best and Brightest: What Will Chevy’s Two “Surprises” for 2013 Be?...”


  • avatar
    philadlj

    A new coupe isn’t a bad guess, considering all the other bases are covered. Something with a design derived from either the Code 130R or Tru 140S concepts (hopefully the latter).

    A far wilder guess would be that one of the two surprises would be an all-new Opel/Vauxhall-based commercial van to replace the Express. With Ram looking to Fiat and Ford bringing the Transit over, it makes sense.

    Also, we already know a Colorado is coming in some form, so that doesn’t count as a surprise. A Volt MPV is also something we know about, thanks to the Amp concept.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Opel/Vauxhall Movano and Vivaro are both Renault designs … but the Vivaro is actually built by GM at Luton in the UK, so the upcoming model could be a possibility, whether as a Transit Connect-style import or with manufacturing in Mexico.

      • 0 avatar
        iainthornton

        If the Vivaro will hit the US, that can be no bad thing. While it is slightly ungainly aesthetically, it’s a great drive. The only problem is that cargo capacity is just too low…..

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    I’m thinking that the civilian Caprice will be one of the two, it may be common knowledge around car forums but I don’t know how much the general public knows about it.

    The other could be the US launch of the new Colorado.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      The Chevrolet SS is mentioned in the article, which is the civilian version of the Caprice. It would be nice if you’re right about the new Colorado coming here though.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        I wouldn’t call it a surprise since it’s been officially confirmed the Colorado and Canyon twins will here, um, actually they won’t be launched until 2015 to not steal any thunder from the new Siverado and Sierra twins.

        http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/09/new-gmc-canyon-on-the-way.html

        New medium duties may be launch in 2014 though.

  • avatar
    Easton

    Won’t be a Cruze wagon or anything bearing the Monte Carlo moniker. My gut feeling is something based on the Tru 140S with a “youthful” new name and possibly the Trailblazer SUV.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    A complete stock buy-back and new El Camino type vehicle.

  • avatar
    mbaruth

    I thought the SS Performance was a done deal.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    The two “surprises” will be CUVs based off the Cruze, because (A) the Orlando is a dismal failure, and (B) the market needs all the CUVs it can get!

  • avatar
    ajla

    Brand new OHV 90-degree V6!

  • avatar
    segfault

    The return of the ‘vette. No, the *other* ‘vette–the Chevette.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    The best surprise would be seeing the stock price rise to $54, so the bailout haters like me would go away.

  • avatar

    They could also surprise us all in going bankrupt again? Especially if Gasoline price doubles if someone was going to attack Iran and then what?

  • avatar
    KitaIkki

    1) Cancel Chevy Volt
    2) Request government bailout

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    A Cavalier running on biogas, a.k.a. dung gas.

  • avatar
    NN

    I bet one of them is the Chevy Trax, basically the Opel Mokka rebadged as a Chevy (which is already going to be the Buick Encore). It will leave us all underwhelmed as it is just blatant rebadge like old GM but it will make more sense anyways as a Chevy than a Buick. Trailblazer could be next, or a wagon version of the Volt

  • avatar
    Zackman

    1. Three tail lights each side on the 2014 Impala.(no)

    2. The re-invention of the pillarless hardtop coupe with back glass that…never mind. (definitely no, unless earth breaks its orbit and hurls itself toward the sun…)

    Ahhh…dreams…

  • avatar
    danio3834

    I hope they reveal the SS sedan. Another hope is that they give it some sort of name, although this doesn’t seem likely.

    Every time I hear about it, my reactionary response is, “SS what?”. As in Camaro SS, Impala SS etc etc. SS is a package or trim, just please call it something!

  • avatar
    icemilkcoffee

    I’m looking forward to the diesel Cruze myself.
    Chevy also promised some more factory CNG cars- let’s see if any of those materializes.

  • avatar
    tikki50

    the two surprises are going to be botched up releases from Lt Dan. thats going to be the surprises that everyone expected.

  • avatar
    hf_auto

    1) Tru 140-esque FR-S competitor
    2) Dropping the Voltec system into a new segment- possible a Tiguan/X1 style compact CUV

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Pure dart throwing…

    1) Cruze hatch or wagon, they’re bringing the diesel why not go all in

    2) Some kind of coupe – not Camaro/Corvette but something sporty but not sports car

    3) Some kind of small convertible, something that harkens back to the SKY or Solstice

    4) Aussie Commodore UTE as an El Camino (biggest long shot on the list)

    5) Sonic SS with the turbo 2.0 under the hood churning out 225 HP with a 6-speed manual

    • 0 avatar
      dan1malk

      A Sonic SS would be an interesting/feasible surprise. Good call on that one.

      • 0 avatar
        Lightspeed

        +1 to this idea, how about pump it up to 275HP, just for giggles.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        @Lightspeed

        225 HP out of the box

        250 HP GMPP Stage 1 – with full warranty maintained, dealer installed

        270 or 280 HP GMPP Stage 2 – with full warranty maintained, dealer installed

        Doubt you could go much higher than that without serious suspension and steering changes to manage torque steer.

        The problem with a viable Sonic SS would be the sticker price. The RS pushes $21K, if you hit say $23K with an SS you’re into base Verano territory. On the other hand if it was a true corner carving pocket rocket it would likely get a niche following.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      “3) Some kind of small convertible, something that harkens back to the SKY or Solstice”

      No way. Now that the Sky/Solstice is dead, there will be no more potential in-house competitors to the Vette convertible.

      I still want one of the John Mallett prepared LS1 Solstices, but some other time. Wifey wants a SUV, sooooo…

    • 0 avatar
      Mr. K

      APaGttH said:
      3) Some kind of small convertible, something that harkens back to the SKY or Solstice

      Never thought of that – great idea, you might well be correct!

  • avatar
    Darkhorse

    I predict we’ll see a plug-in hybrid about the size of an Isetta 600. It’ll be called the “Obama Ecoweenie”.

  • avatar
    Ciriya.com

    1: The non-April-Fools version of that fugly Sonic (hopefully designed by whoever did the new Malibu, which is a VERY good looking sedan)

    2: Spark SS, with the Cruze and Sonic’s turbo engine.

    3: Cruze SS, after hopefully exhuming the engine from the Cobalt SS.

    4: Camaro Iron Duke equivalent, with the same engine as above.

    5: An high riding Impala on factory 26′s, to appeal to “the young kids!!”

    6: Pontiac’s return.

    • 0 avatar
      icemilkcoffee

      The Spark SS with the 1.4 turbo engine would be sweet.
      The Cruze SS could just borrow the 2.0 turbo from the Buick Verano. I think it’s the same platform. Should be a no-brainer.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      “6: Pontiac’s Return”

      Frankly, I don’t see it. Pontiac is as dead as Oldsmobile; however, I see interesting thoughts to Saturn’s revival. Gotta remember that Saturn was the only brand that was up for survivial after the GM brand-euthenizing exercise of 2008. GM and Penske were hammering out a viable deal to keep it afloat that just didn’t have the beans to cut it. Saturn had become the American Opel dealership by 2008 and with Opel’s withering on the vine and glutting the European markt, I see them flowing easily to American shores wearing the two-rings.

      • 0 avatar
        doctor olds

        @dolorean- The Penske-Saturn deal was to be a new business model with Saturn a retail marketing and sales company only. It seemed a long shot plan, to me. Renault-Nissan would have engineered and produced the vehicles. The proposal was well developed- a friend was hired by Penske to direct and had started to recruit staff. Unfortunately, the R-N board rejected the arrangement. Saturn is likely just as dead as Hummer, Pontiac ,Olds, Oakland…..

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Code 130R production announcement. The Tru 140 should have been a Pontiac. Period.

    Chevy Trax sales announcement for US. That would get me off the fence to buy a new car. It would be small enough to live with, but a SUV body to keep my wife happy.

    • 0 avatar
      tuffjuff

      They’ve got a Chevy Trax announced for the US, it’s called the Buick Encore.

      • 0 avatar
        geozinger

        I’m too young for a Buick. Well, maybe a Regal Turbo would be OK…

      • 0 avatar
        tuffjuff

        You’re too young for a nice, clean looking entry level luxury car?

        I’m 26, and that’s the market I’ll be shopping for next year.

      • 0 avatar
        geozinger

        Sorry, forgot to add the sarcasm tags… Ah well…

        I do like the new Buicks, but I love the Trax and I think it would be at a price point that I could live with…

        Regardless, I’m thinking the Encore will be more than I want to pay for a car that I will ultimately allow my dogs to jump into, stuff my drum kit in and who know how much/many building materials into. I think the Trax would fill that need better. I guess I’ll be looking at used ‘Noxes…

      • 0 avatar
        tuffjuff

        +1

        The Equinox is my stand-by vehicle, the one I know will work if for some reason the few choices I have yet to try I either like less or offer not enough legroom for my comfort level (I’ve got a bum knee).

        You can find 2-3 year old examples 1LT’s I believe, for $20k easy around here in the Green Bay area. Not bad for the space Chevy has given us to play with.

        I’m having an internal, long-running debate. I never cared much for a hatch or wagon, but when I picked up my ’12 Focus hatch, I now don’t know if I would be happy with a vehicle without some sort of utility of that nature. I’m 6’5 with a bum knee, so while I need leg room, getting in and out without having to contort my lower body is my main concern, so while a LaCrosse may work out for me, I realllly kind’ve just want an Equinox or Edge. I just don’t know if I can live with leatherette seats, and that’s all the Equinox has to offer. :’(

  • avatar
    Mr. K

    An alpha based RWD coupe to compete with the BRZ and the Toyota whateveryacallit.

    The vehicle will have 2 engines – gee just like the Bu – 2.5 with a bump to 200 HP and 200 foot pounds, and the 2.0 turbo with 270-275 HP and 260 or more foot pounds.

    Since Pontiac is gone and I don’t see this as a Buick a 3.6 would be OH! SO! NICE! 318 HP in the CTS with 275 foot pounds – Chevy should be able to give us the 323 and 278 of the Camaro.

    The 2LT Camaro is 28K, the ISS is 32.6k, so they should be able to sell the V/6 as both a hot luxury ride and a SS version, the turbo as the hot factory set up for those who want to save what? 1-150 lbs on the front, and the base as the start of many dreams fueled by a full line of stuff from the Chevy Performance catalog.

  • avatar
    ...m...

    …oooh – a next-generation solstice, fiero, and the all-new EV-2!..

  • avatar
    mr_muttonchops

    SURPRISE they’ll be crossovers. Yay.

    Honestly, does anyone else just have a really negative vibe with any new car news that it’ll just be another crossover? With Audi’s recent announcement of the next “Quatro” being an Evoque wannabe, I’ve certainly lost most optimism.

  • avatar
    Joe McKinney

    How about a minivan? Except this time get it right and build one that is competetive with the Town & Country/Grand Caravan, Odyssey and Sienna.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    For trucks it could be any of these 3. Opel Corsa truck, Colorado or the Aussi UTE. GM should have the first 2 and the UTE would be nice.
    As to cars… There are so many gaps in the market… A mid size SUV with a diesel that is tow rated?

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Colorado is coming already so no surprise there, Aussie Ute cannot be price-competitive, and I think so far the Transit Connect sales are low enough that it doesn’t make sense for GM to launch a competitor. The Vivaro is the only truck that could make sense to me as a surprise offering.

      • 0 avatar
        Beerboy12

        As much as I would love to see Renault’s on US roads, I just would not want it to be a van. But… I understand that it is a very good utility vehicle.
        I don’t think they should bring the UTE in as a main stream truck contender, more like a niche market thing purely for it’s cool value. In which case it would not need to make that much financial sense.

  • avatar
    mcs

    Here’s one prediction I hope doesn’t come true: Cadillac versions of the Sonic and Spark.

    I’ve heard rumors of a Cruze hybrid – so that could be one of the surprises.

  • avatar
    redliner

    A Cruze Coupe with styling cues from the 130R and Tru 140S oncepts?

    That would be my guess, along with the expected stuff like Silverado, Corvette, Caprice yada,yada, yada…

  • avatar
    vanwestcoaster

    Here’s my WAG straight out of left (?) field: an Impala station wagon – perfect for America’s coming Romney years :)

  • avatar
    redmondjp

    Nobody has mentioned a diesel engine yet. Didn’t I read recently that GM was going to be bringing one out in a passenger car?

  • avatar
    MrWhopee

    Since the Colorado is coming to the US, maybe the ‘surprise’ is its SUV brother, the Trailblazer? Sadly, it makes more sense than an Impala wagon.

  • avatar
    Neb

    A new Chevelle might be a good idea; the Monte Carlo not so much, as I still associate the name with the ugliest coupe of the 90s. No idea what the Chevelle would be based on, though I’d like to imagine it’d be some sort of RWD platform gone global with many engine choices.

    Aside from that, no idea. A euro-style diesel utility van? Super Astro!

  • avatar
    iainthornton

    I’m hoping for the new Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Brougham and corresponding Cadillac Fleetwood. One can only hope…..

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    The new 1/2 ton Silverados, Tahoes, and ‘Burbs will be available with a 4 cylinder turbo diesel that yields 20 MPG in town/high 20′s on the road and can still tow something heavy enough to require tandem axles.

    In an effort to set themselves apart from Dodge, Toyota and especially Ford, the new PU’s and SUV’s have the smallest exterior dimensions and lowest step-in height intheir class.

    Not likely …LOL, but I can dream.

    I

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      I’m 5’9 if the Silverado didn’t have beds that where armpit high I think some people might have some heavy thinking to do. I think CAFE and consumer demand has made GM figure out people will buy small cars.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    A full redesign of the Full size trucks isn’t really necessary. They are still fairly new in design and class competitive.

    A refresh with a nicer interior might be good however.

  • avatar
    chicagoland

    New retro Corvair, Vega, and Chevette coupes!

    Or a reintroduction of B body whale 91-96 Caprice Classic Brougham? How about a reimaging of the ’57 Nomad?

  • avatar
    daveainchina

    Ohh a nomad!!!!

    Sorry just thinking about that would be cool.

    I wonder, maybe an El Camino that gets great gas mileage and is classified as a truck for CAFE rules?

  • avatar

    May I present to you, the Chevrolet Louis!

    http://www.carsession.com/news/photos/Opel/2013-Opel-Adam-Revealed-1648847958.jpg

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Some sort of Corvette special eddition that basically consists of a unique color and stripe package. Same for the Camaro. In all seriousness I wouldn’t expect anything earthshattering or we’d have heard about it.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Would love to see a Cruze wagon and coupe and a real engine option that makes more than 138 HP which is basically the lowest in this segment. A Monte Carlo or El Camino would be very interesting if done correctly. Would also like to see the new Colorado pickup powered by normal 2.5 Sidi and 3.6 LFX engines plus a proper diesel. The SS sedan with a proper name in front of it like Caprice would also be very welcome.

  • avatar
    acuraandy

    Chevelle, as in two door Impala? Not ‘correct’ in the old school model lineup, but…

  • avatar
    dantes_inferno

    “13″??? Why don’t they also change the release date to coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar? And make sure there are plenty of black cats roaming around, open umbrellas scattered about and step ladders to walk under…


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