Although much of today’s announcement focused on its financial woes, GM did manage to reveal some interesting tidbits surrounding its future product plans.
With its truck production slated to be cut by nearly 300,000 units, the company is switching its focus to cars and crossovers. Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said today that eighteen of the next nineteen new products will be either a car or crossover, including the following vehicles:
2009 Buick Invicta
Previewed at the 2008 Beijing motor show, the Invicta replaces the dated LaCrosse in the spring of 2009.
2010 Chevrolet Cruze
The first iteration of GM’s new global Delta platform will bow this fall in Europe, but won’t arrive Stateside until 2010. Product czar Bob Lutz claims that, with the turbocharged 1.4-liter direct-injection I-4, the Cruze should return 9 more mpg overall than the current Cobalt.
Slated to use an all-new Theta platform, the Equinox will, according to Lutz, use a new direct-injection turbocharged 2.3-liter I-4, and deliver best-in-class fuel economy. The new compact SUV should reach dealers in May of 2009.
Originally thought to be christened BRX, the SRX name will survive but moves to a smaller platform (shared with the new Equinox) and retains much of the styling of the Provoq concept. Expect the new SRX to go on sale world-wide in the second quarter of 2009.
Coupe and Wagon
Riding the wave of success it found with the all-new 2008 model, Cadillac will add wagon and coupe variants to the lineup next year. The five-door is expected to hit dealers in spring 2009, while the coupe should arrive next summer.
2010 GMC Terrain
Also slated for the same Theta platform as the new Equinox and SRX is the Terrain, a compact crossover for the GMC brand. Although Lutz insists the vehicle will be “highly differential” from its Chevrolet and Cadillac siblings, the Terrain may hit showrooms at the same time.
2010 Saab 9-4x
A production version of the 9-4x crossover, shown in concept form at the 2008 Detroit show, will also be based on the Theta platform. Unlike the Equinox, Terrain and SRX variants, GM expects to launch the 9-4x in the fall of 2009.