There is no hiding from it at this point. General Motors has fully committed to the idea of an all electric future, and is making sweeping changes throughout the company. They’ve even changed their logo to incorporate an electric plug to further drive this point home. Furthermore, we know that GM has 30 new EVs planned to arrive before the end of 2025, and that they’ll all use one of three versions of the Ultium battery propulsion system. As the 2021 iteration of CES kicked off this morning, the automaker touted some of their design concepts for these upcoming vehicles. And while we’ve already laid eyes on a few of these, one has caught quite a bit of attention. More specifically, it appears that General Motors has designed an electric Corvette SUV.
This year’s virtual Consumer Electronics Show kicked off with General Motors CEO Mary Barra giving a keynote presentation, during which this intriguing design concept was introduced. About 20 minutes into the 51 minutes presentation, Barra welcomed GM Head Designer Mike Simcoe onto the stage to talk about the evolution of EV design. During his speech, Simcoe walks onto the stage only to be surrounded by several GM EV projects. At around the 21:37 mark, the potential electric Corvette SUV concept comes into frame, easily identifiable by the C8 Corvette-derived headlights.
Before you start to scream, there is always a possibility that this machine isn’t an electric Corvette SUV. Simcoe himself noted that at least two of the concepts on stage were Buick products heading to the Chinese market. That said, we could only recognize the shape of the upcoming Cadillac Lyric and Celestiq, as well as the GMC Hummer EV and Chevy Silverado EV. While this agro-looking SUV could be one of the Buicks, Simcoe’s statement doesn’t confirm things either way.
Readers of MC&T may remember that GM recently shifted the leadership of the Corvette engineering team to work on this upcoming crop of electric vehicles. While the company noted that this change wasn’t going to affect any of the current C8 Corvette projects, this sporty SUV could be their next undertaking. Perhaps GM is ripping a page out of Ford’s Mustang Mach-E playbook in an attempt to lure new EV customers, while expanding a strong brand cachet.
The idea of an electric Corvette SUV likely isn’t going to go over well with the Corvette faithful. If fans were made about the transition to a mid-engine platform, one can only imagine the rage this sort of move will create. That said, we’ve been touting the idea of a Corvette brand for some time here at MC&T. We didn’t exactly think GM would turn America’s sports car into an electric SUV brand, however.