Glitzier EVs Bound for Detroit-Hamtramck?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

The past 24 hours has been all about electric propulsion and domestic nameplates, and this tidbit is right up the same street.

Hot on the heels of General Motors’ ratified UAW contract, in which the automaker pledges to keep its once-endangered Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant open, an automotive forecaster claims there’s more product headed to that facility than initially thought.

LMC Automotive, speaking to Automotive News, claims two new products will join the unspecified “electric pickup” and EV van GM has planned for the site. That pickup is GM’s answer to Ford’s development of an electric F-150; both are expected to appear around the same time — 2021.

Currently, Detroit-Hamtramck, which was once slated to close come January 2020, is still cranking out Cadillac CT6s and Chevrolet Impalas.

LMC claims the pickup and van, the latter of which could be a green rival to the Ford Transit (full-size Chevy Express and GMC Savana production is expected to continue into a third decade), will see production commence in 2021. Two years after that, LMC says, a brace of new EVs will appear. New EVs, but with old names.

GM hasn’t confirmed it, but LMC says the two vehicles will be electric versions of the GMC Sierra and Cadillac Escalade. This raises the question of what form the upcoming electric pickup will take. Are we to expect a standalone model? Surely GM’s planning to fight fire with fire in the full-size segment. If so, why the need for a Sierra variant, unless the first truck is an electrified Chevy Silverado?

As for the Escalade, the model enters a new generation in 2020 (expect to see photos and information on that revamp in short order). An electric version of Cadillac’s hulking range-topper would assist in “greening” the model’s image and help the brand do battle with a midsize Lincoln electric SUV expected to start production at Flat Rock Assembly in 2023. A more fitting challenger to that model would be Cadillac’s unnamed EV crossover, possibly due out in 2022.

That Caddy will be the first GM EV to adopt the company’s new, dedicated electric architecture.

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  • Akear Akear on Nov 15, 2019

    They would be better off still producing the Impala and CT6. The last customers in the world to buy electric vehicles are those who would otherwise purchase either a truck or SUV. GM won't even find 10,000 annual customers for these vehicles. With this tiny output, how is the plant to stay open? Mary Barra really fooled the UAW on this matter. Right now, GM would worry about Cadillac's recent last-place showing in Consumer Reports. An unwanted electric SUV won't save them.

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    • Akear Akear on Nov 15, 2019

      @28-Cars-Later In 2017 1600 ELR's were sold, and in 2018 550 CT6-EVs were sold. Wow, now that is a future. Somebody in GM's marketing department is smoking crack.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Nov 15, 2019

    Ah, back in the brief period when Cadillac made a sort of OK car.

    • Akear Akear on Nov 15, 2019

      Oh, I almost forgot about the infamous castrated Cadillacs release of August 2019. That month we were treated to the CT4 and CT5, which featured performance no better than a deluxe Camry. The days of the 180mph V-series Cadillac have ended.

  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.
  • The Oracle These are all over the roads in droves here in WNC. Rarely see one on the side of the road, they are wildly popular, capable, and reliable. There is a market for utilitarian vehicles.