As an unapologetic twin of Chevrolet, GMC shares all its vehicles with its lesser sibling. But that could change in the future when it gets its own unique model.
GM’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss, reporters at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that the workhorse brand will get a standalone model that is not a mere rebadge of a Chevrolet, although he declined to discuss details.
GM has teased the possibility of a standalone GMC on several occasion, with the latest being the stylish Granite concept pictured above. Billed as a Scion xB competitor, the Granite concept left many scratching their heads because, as a hatchback of sorts, it wasn’t the genuine, “professional grade” GMC that they envisioned. It was unique, though, wasn’t it?
As things stand, the only thing separating GMC from Chevrolet, aside from a different front fascia and interior lighting, is its Denali range of models, which give buyers exclusive upscale design touches and have offered the brand a higher average transaction price.
So Reuss tells us to expect a standalone GMC model sometime in the future, but what form should that model take? Should it be an urban cruiser like the Granite? What about a sport utility truck like the now defunct Chevrolet Avalanche? Maybe a Ford Raptor rival? Let us know what you think is best fit for the “professional grade” brand.
Check Out Michelin And General Motors’ New Airless Tire
Putting air in your tires or having a flat tire may soon be a thing of the past.
Michelin and General Motors have unveiled a new airless tire called the Uptis Prototype.
Uptis stands for “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System,” a fitting name seeing as the tire reduces the risk of a flat or blowout.
More than that, airless tires also last longer by eliminating irregular wear caused by over- or under-inflation and reduce the use of raw materials that are used to create new tires, since there will be less need for replacement tires.
The two companies will further develop the technology in hopes of commercialization it for passenger vehicles by 2024, and GM in particular plans to deploy the Uptis wheels on a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs, allowing the technology to be tested in real-world conditions.
GM Is Already Developing Hotter Cadillac CT4-V, CT5-V
Cadillac will make the CTS-V and ATS-V proud.
If you were disappointed by Cadillac’s replacements for the ATS-V and the CTS-V, you weren’t alone. The first CT4-V and the CT5-V models are both significantly less powerful than that their predecessors, but that was all by design. Cadillac promised that the two models were just the beginning of things to come.
The company is already working on true top-of-the-line horsepower flagships for the CT4 and CT5, and they have been spotted undergoing testing at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
The prototypes are fully camouflaged, but we can tell they have more attitude visually than the lesser CT4-V and CT5-V, featuring model-specific body kits that add a different grille, more aggressive front bumpers, and a bigger spoiler out back, among other changes.
As true successors to the ATS-V and the CTS-V, we can also expect them to have more power, a sportier suspension and more capable brakes.
The CT4-based model will likely arrive with a powerful V6 engine, while the CT5-based sedan will get a V8 — possibly the twin-turbocharged, 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 from the CT6-V, which can be tuned to make either 500 or 550 horsepower.
Heck, considering how little we know about either model, a 600 horsepower CT5-V might even be in the cards. GM certainly has the hardware to make it happen.
It will be interesting to see what Cadillac names the hotter CT4-V and CT5-V. Do you have any suggestions? What are you hoping to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
New Cadillac CT4 Sports Sedan Debuts In Performance CT4-V Guise
There is a new ATS, and ‘CT4’ is it’s name.
Cadillac has unveiled the CT4, its new entry-level sedan and the successor to the ATS sedan.
The company chose to show off the sporty, V-badged variant of the CT4 before the standard version to highlight a new strategy for its critically-acclaimed V-series performance line.
Visually, the CT4-V looks a lot like the new CT5 , featuring a shield-shaped grille flanked by thin, elongated headlights that shit atop vertical daytime running lights. However, unlike the CT5, it doesn’t have an arched, fastback-like roofline, retaining traditional sports sedan proportions that we find less polarizing.
Similarly, the clean and modern interior looks like a miniaturized version of the CT5’s, complete with a shield-shaped insert in the center console. A pair of analog gauges and an information display make up the instrument cluster, while the infotainment system gets a sizable screen that’s nicely integrated into the dashboard. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available.
The CT4-V launches with a turbocharged, 2.7-liter that produces 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear-wheels by a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive at an extra cost, but a manual transmission isn’t likely to be offered anytime soon.
Like the ATS, the CT4 is built on General Motors’ Alpha platform, giving it a 50/50 weight distribution. Other performance highlights include a limited-slip differential, Brembo front brakes, and GM’s lauded Magnetic Ride Control technology, all of which help the driver make the most of the engine’s power.
It’s a driver’s car from the look of things, but the available Super Cruise technology can take over vehicle controls should you get tired of driving. Super Cruise is the only true hands-off, semi-autonomous system currently available in the United States and Canada.
You’re not alone if you thought the CT4-V is weak compared to the outgoing, 460-horsepower ATS-V, but that’s where Cadillac’s new strategy comes into play. The CT4-V is just one of a series CT4 models that will wear the ‘V’ badge. Think of it as the base model of its kind, seeing as is already in the works.
Built in Michigan, the new Cadillac CT4-V goes on sale in early 2020. Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.