Although Chevrolet’s car portfolio may be thoroughly reworked over the next few years, changes to the bowtie brand’s truck offerings may be few and far between. Here’s a rough estimate of what we can expect from Chevy’s truck line in the next few years.
Chevy’s unusual Avalanche, which seems to blur the line between Silverado and Suburban, is currently in its second generation, but don’t expect a third. Automotive News suggests the model will likely be dropped after the 2013 model year.
There’s a lot of debate surrounding GM’s slow-selling compact pickup. The automaker is currently working on a next-generation Colorado pickups for virtually every market except North America. Seeing as the present Colorado is slated to die after the summer of 2012, GM may have a gap in this segment. We’ve heard buzz that executives are currently investigating bringing a replacement stateside, or if a smaller car-based pickup, like the Brazilian Montana model, could work in the U.S.
Small crossovers are all the rage right now — is one in Chevy’s crystal ball? Our Magic 8 ball gives us conflicting reports — we’ve heard some rumors suggesting the company is eying a crossover smaller than the Equinox, but the company has also indicated that the production Orlando — a small, seven-seat crossover smaller than the Equinox — won’t be sold in North America. If GM decides to reverse course on this decision, expect a small CUV to arrive by 2013 at the earliest.
The latest iteration of Chevrolet’s Equinox has been selling so well, GM can’t keep up with demand. The crossover (and its GMC Terrain sibling) was introduced for the 2010 model year and isn’t set for a refresh any time soon. Chevrolet will bless the Equinox with a mid-cycle facelift for the 2013 model year, and possibly a hybrid model in 2014.
GM’s aging full-size vans soldier on with little change, apart from a natural gas-powered option for 2011.
GM rushed the current GMT900-based Silverado 1500 to market in 2007 and updated the trucks throughout their life cycle so far. Another update is due 2012, and may primarily hinge on the availability of natural gas powertrains. An all-new Silverado is set to debut in 2014.
Silverado 2500, 3500 HD
GM’s biggest trucks were completely overhauled for 2011, although their exteriors sport few changes. Although GM continues to contemplate a larger, medium-duty Silverado offering to compete against Ford’s F450 and F550, changes will be otherwise limited to natural gas options in 2012, and a facelift for either 2014 or 2015.
Tahoe and Suburban
In the name of fuel economy, GM was considering moving the next-generation Tahoe and Suburban SUVs to a modified form of its Lambda crossover architecture. That won’t be the case, as it appears both models will continue to be truck based. Look for the revised SUVS, riding atop the next-generation pickup platform, to launch in 2014.
Chevrolet’s Lambda-based crossover is set to receive a few minor updates in the next few years. It will get a mid-cycle facelift for the 2013 model year, and receive an updated powertrain range — including GM’s direct-injection 3.0-liter V-6 as an alternative to the DI 3.6-liter V-6 — the following year.