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GM CANCELS BODY-ON-FRAME MIDSIZE SUV PROGRAM

The November 2018 Restructuring Has Claimed Multiple Products In The Pipeline

Chevrolet Trailblazer Midsize SUV Asian Market
The Chevrolet Trailblazer Body On Frame Midsize SUV Is Sold In Markets Outside Of North America.

Anybody telling you that General Motors is developing a body-on-frame midsize SUV for the North American market is operating on old data. At one point, this may have been true. But word from sources is that the automaker has decided against pushing forward with the plan as of November 2018. This is when GM announced a major restructuring that would include thousands of white-collar layoffs, and several North American plant closures. Internally, this also meant the shelving or restarting of several vehicle programs in the works, such as the sixth-generation Camaro Z/28 and its LT3 V8 engine, as well as the 32XX midsize truck platform.

The Yukon Family Is The Smallest/Largest/Only Body-On-Frame SUV In The GMC Lineup.

MC&T has exclusively learned that this body-on-frame midsize SUV was to be based on the 32XX platform. When GM decided to axe this platform for the future in favor of a massaged-over 31XX platform that underpins the current Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, this SUV program went with it. Read more details about the 31XX-2 program here.

2021 Ford Bronco Teaser Image
The Ford Bronco Likely Will Not See A Rival From GM Anytime Soon.

Further details include that this vehicle program was meant to give the GMC brand a standalone product unique from Chevrolet. Every GMC product otherwise has a platform relative in a Chevy showroom. It would have have been a vehicle to rival the upcoming Ford Bronco, as well as competitive offerings from Jeep and Toyota.

It’s unclear if this midsize SUV program, which would have been a gas-engine vehicle, transitioned to GM’s top-secret future EV portfolio. Nevertheless, the move is puzzling, as body-on-frame sport utility vehicles have otherwise been a cash cow for the automaker, and therefore could mean that GM is leaving money on the table.

This news comes at a time when demand for street and off-road performance in the SUV market has been booming. And even though the next Cadillac Escalade will offer a supercharged V8 engine, GM has so far avoided making either a dedicated performance SUV, or an off-road SUV for that matter.

GMC Canyon
An SUV Based On The GMC Canyon Would Have Complimented The Pickup Truck.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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    1. As an original owner and still am of a 2002 TrailBlazer LTZ I definitly would have welcomed such a vehicle. Especially if it was on the same frame platform as the Colorado and even moreso if it had a Bison version like the Colorado. I am not interested in an electric vehicle version at all. In my opinion GM needs a leader that can deliver what the purchasing market wants. Seems the current GM leader wants purchasers to do and say I switched from Chevy to Ford… to coin a phrase opposite of the current Chevy TV ads. Who is GM kidding when you only need to look at sales trends showing how GM/Chevy is slipping in numbers?

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