Pandemic Pushes GM Mid-Cycle Refreshes, Including Pickups, Crossovers, C8 Variants

If you were hoping to see more of the vastly improved interiors from GM’s latest Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon pop up in a refreshed version of the Silverado and Sierra pickups, you might be in for a wait. That goes for a number of upcoming GM model refreshes and possibly even some C8 Corvette variants.

The Detroit News reports that “according to a note obtained” by the paper, General Motors has given instructions to suppliers to put a stop to their preparations for mid-cycle refreshes and updates on trucks, SUVs, and cars, as they’re getting pushed back to next year over the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

According to the report, GM wants suppliers to put a stop on new tooling and parts manufacturing for the mid-cycle refresh planned for the light-duty pickup twins, but also to a refresh of the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse crossovers as well as the Bolt and Camaro. Even at least one C8 Corvette variant will be pushed back, though it didn’t say which one.

“All our development teams around the globe are looking for opportunities to conserve resources by adjusting program timing and deferring spending,” GM said in a statement to The Detroit News.

GM said that near-term programs would see smaller or no impacts. That means the new full-size SUVs, upcoming EVs like the Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer, and Cadillac Lyriq.

As far as when production will restart, current CDC guidelines would seem to keep them closed until at least the end of April, but as with the remainder of the situation, expect that to be in flux.

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