GMC is likely working on an off-road-oriented SUV aimed squarely at the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, a new report finds.
While not the first time we’ve heard such a report, sources close to General Motors told the that the automaker was soliciting the opinions of dealers regarding the model.
GMC’s Wrangler rival is still at the embryonic stage but will reportedly have styling inspired by the defunct Hummer brand, as well as impressive off-road credentials. In fact, it has been suggested that it could pick up from where the well-received Hummer Hx left off.
Pictured above, the Hx concept debuted at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show and hinted at what a Wrangler-fighting open-top SUV could look like. Is it the right form for GMC’s model to take?
We have long proposed GM to reposition GMC as a direct competitor to Jeep, seeing that the rugged, can-do brand image of both brands seem to be well-aligned. Now couldn’t be a better time to get the project in gear.
GMC Is Considering Electric Pickup Truck To Rival Ford And Tesla
GM doesn’t want to be outdone by its crosstown rival or Tesla.
Just one week after Ford confirmed that it was developing an all-electric F-150, General Motors has revealed that that its pickup trucks will likely also go electric.
Duncan Aldred, vice president of the GMC brand, confirmed to about the possibility of an all-electric GMC truck, stating “certainly, it’s something we’re considering.” He did not mention when we would see such a model.
As customers continue to shift away from cars, Trucks have become an increasingly important segment for the Detroit Big Three. Ford, GM and FCA presumably also have their sights on Tesla’s upcoming electric pickup, which could disrupt their dominance.
How do you envision an electric pickup truck from General Motors? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
New GMC Sierra AT4 Gets Off-Road Performance Package With More Power
An engine modification adds an extra 15 horsepower and 9 lb-ft. of torque.
General Motors has announced a new Off-Road Performance Package for the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 that amps the truck’s 6.2-liter V8 with a performance air intake and upgraded cat-back exhaust system, boosting output to 435 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque from 420 hp and 460 pound-feet.
The package also includes 18-inch machined aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.
As a reminder, the Sierra AT4 is the most off-road ready version in the all-new Sierra lineup and is already fitted with a 2-inch lift; 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates; off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers; Hill Descent Control; a Traction Select System; and spiffy MultiPro tailgate.
In the United States, the Off-Road Performance Package adds $4,940 to the price of the Sierra AT4.
Is General Motors Making A New GMC Envoy SUV?
The SUV craze could see the return of the GMC’s midsize SUV.
Having revived the Chevy Blazer, General Motors is now hinting at a new GMC Envoy by .
The Envoy disappeared from GMC’s lineup in 2008, having been replaced by the Terrain and Acadia. However, with the Terrain now comfortably positioned in the compact SUV segment and the tweener Acadia straddling the midsize and full-size SUV segments, there might be room for several other SUVs in the lineup.
The first could be a new small crossover positioned below the Terrain and targeted at the likes of the Toyota CH-R, Honda CRV, and Jeep Renegade. The second SUV could be a proper midsize SUV that slots between the Terrain and Acadia — GMC’s version of the Chevy Blazer, so to speak. Finally, the Envoy name could be used for a proper three-row crossover that would be positioned above the Acadia.
We think the “Envoy’ name is too substantial for a small SUV, so the second or third option is the likely bet.
That’s to say, the Envoy could end up being GMC’s version of the Chevy Blazer, a model aimed at other midsize SUVs like the Nissan Murano, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot, or GMC’s version of the Traverse, a large, three-row crossover offering more room than the current Acadia.
What do you think GM will use the Envoy name for?