Looking Ahead: GM's 2013 Lineup
GMI's 2013 future product guide launches!
June 27, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
Throughout the majority of GMI's decade of existence we have typically kept a future product guide outlining the future of GM's products with (historically) solid accuracy. Tradition had to come to a screeching halt in 2008 as GM's then grave financial position put product plans on their heads. No one could predict the future of General Motors' product lineup at that time. Well, normalcy is back and so is GMI's future guide.
Below is GMI's future product guide for the 2013 model year. We want to stress that the below is based on model year, not to be confused with calendar year. As we were compiling the guide we went back through our old articles and found that nearly all of our reports from 2009 about future product are still accurate to date. To us that says that GM's future product plans are no longer in limbo and GMI's sources are pretty accurate.
The 2013 model year is going to be fairly active for GM North America, with a few new launch products and several updates. Be sure to read through the below to find out what will be going on in GM's 2013 North American lineup.
Enclave: Expect a mid-cycle enhancement (refresh) on the 2013 Enclave. Sources have stated that the majority of the enhancements will reside in a new interior. The Enclave will also gain Buick's new IntelliLink infotainment system launching on the 2012 LaCrosse and Regal. Don't expect any radical changes to the engine lineup.
Encore: Yes, that's right, the "Baby Enclave" will finally launch in the 2013 model year. The Gamma based crossover will be a five-seater, about the size of the Nissan Rogue (or a touch bigger).
LaCrosse: To our surprise, the 2013 LaCrosse will likely see some updates in 2013. Considering the 2012 model has all-new powertrains, we expect the updates to be design related and minor at best.
Regal: In a quest to keep the Regal constantly updated, the 2013 Regal Turbo will sport a redesigned 2.0-liter turbo. Power figures should come in around 250 horsepower. No other major changes are expected at this time.
Verano: The Verano Turbo model will launch in the 2013 model-year with the redesigned 2.0-liter turbo. Like the Regal, the engine is expected to be around or north of 250 horsepower.
ATS: The first Alpha car will launch in 2012 as a 2013 model (sedan only). We hear the name is not a done-deal just yet. Expect a four-cylinder mill to be standard and a turbo four optional. Production is expected to begin in July 2012.
CTS: The 2013 CTS has been a large question mark in recent months. Initially the car was to get a minor redesign in 2013, but sources have fallen silent on the matter for better than six months now. Considering the ridiculously mild front end revamp for 2012, perhaps the MCE for 2013 was canceled? We hope not.
Escalade:No major changes expected at this time. All new in 2014 model year.
SRX: Expect an all-new interior and other tweaks on the 2013 SRX. The interior update will include GM's new capacitive touch center stack.
XTS: We aren't proud of this one, but we reported in early 2009 that the Epsilon Cadillac was approved for 2012 (model year off). The new full-size Cadillac sedan will launch in Spring 2012 with one engine offering. The long-awaited 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 will not show up in the XTS until the 2014 model year. Expect the XTS to showcase several new technologies out of GM, including an all-new infotainment interface and all-LCD gauge cluster (like the Volt).
Avalanche: No major changes.
Camaro: No major changes expected as a mild refresh is expect in the 2014 model year. GM could surprise us with the launch of another specialty model to complement the ZL1, however.
Corvette: No major changes. The current car will soldier on until the all-new Corvette in 2014 model year.
Cruze: Confidence is increasing that Chevrolet will have a sizable update to the 2013 Cruze, including enhancements to the interior and exterior. As GMI reported, we also expect the addition of a diesel engine offering.
Equinox: No major changes.
Express: No major changes.
Gamma Crossover: Way back in 2009 GMI reported that Chevrolet had been awarded a new Gamma based small crossover for North America. At the time we reported the vehicle would launch in 2012. It turns out that the Gamma Chevy is panning out and is slated to launch in late 2012 as a 2013 model. Not much is known about the vehicle at this time, but expect it to be similar to the Opel Meriva, which is also based on the sub-compact Gamma architecture. GMI followed up late last year with another report on the small Chevy crossover.
Impala: As GMI reported back in 2009, the Impala will be all new in 2014 on the Premium Epsilon platform. As such, the 2013 model will be almost entirely carry over from the current car.
Malibu: GM has already revealed the 2013 Malibu! The eAssist model will launch in January 2012, followed by the new 2.5-liter in late Summer.
Silverado: No major changes. The all-new Silverado launches in the 2014 model year.
Sonic: Expect an RS variant of the new Sonic to launch.
Spark: Chevrolet's first mini car will launch as a 2013 model. Expect the North American Spark to be a refreshed version of the global car. It will be imported from South Korea.
Suburban: No major change as a new Suburban will hit in 2014 model year.
Tahoe: No major changes. The all-new Tahoe will launch in the 2014 model year.
Traverse: Expect a new interior and other minor changes on the 2013 model.
Volt: The 2013 Volt has been the subject of much debate amongst our sources. It is possible the car will see some software tweaks to pull more EV range out of the car's lithium pack, along with other small changes.
Acadia: Like the rest of the Lambda team, expect a new interior and other minor changes for 2013.
Sierra: No major changes expected. An all new Sierra will launch in the 2014 model year.
Terrain: No major changes, though the addition of a Denali version is possible. If the Denali does happen, it will likely be an appearance package only.
Yukon/Yukon XL: No major changes. All new models in 2014 model year.
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