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    Rumorpile: The Three-Row Cadillac Crossover Has Been Shelved


    • The Three-Row Cadillac Crossover Has Reached An End

    The rumors of Cadillac working on a three-row crossover have been running around for the past couple of years, with the most recent coming from Global Cadillac President Robert Ferguson who said the crossover could wear the Escalade nameplate, but a decision hadn't been reached. Wards Auto reports that a decision has been reached; the three-row crossover has been shelved.

    Sources tell Wards that the proposed Cadillac crossover would compete too closely with the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. The decision comes late in the development of the next-generation large crossovers which are due out as early as 2016 and will utilize a new Theta/Lambda platform. Cadillac is likely going to get a crossover utilizing this new platform, but in a smaller size with only two rows of seats.

    Source: Wards Auto

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Smart Move, Leave the 3 row cross over to the mid tear and focus on a truly luxury CUV with Escalade being their top of the line SUV.

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    Interesting.... I wonder if the SRX will go down in exterior size while staying the same in interior size. (It's X3 sized inside while almost X5 sized outside) Then this new crossover could be an X5/M-Class direct competitor.

    My concern would be about body-mass. Unless the new platform sheds a lot of mass, building a 2-row crossover on a 3-row platform could lead to an overly heavy SUV.

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    This is part of the same reason why Dodge is phasing out the minivan - the market for parents with a lot of kids is dwindling significantly.

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    This is part of the same reason why Dodge is phasing out the minivan - the market for parents with a lot of kids is dwindling significantly.

    Well... they're not. The Dodge brand is converting to a sporting brand. The T&C will carry on. One less badge engineered vehicle at the Chrysler company now.

    I think it has more to do with the fact that the direct competition in that price class is predominantly 2-row crossovers. Except for the stupid niche vehicles, Cadillac wants to have an option, model for model, for everything you might buy at the BMW dealership up the street.

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    The development of any Cadillac is now tied to any other GM platform development. If you can't make the business case for a 3-row luxury crossover for Cadillac as part of a long-term platform marketing strategy, then it will not be built.

    As the press release states, "the proposed Cadillac crossover would compete too closely with the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia." Unless GM wants to re-badge the old Saturn Outlook as a Cadillac, but I doubt that will happen.

    Fiat-Chrysler is doing the same thing with integrating its platforms for cars to be sold on both sides of the Atlantic.

    The margins are too high to take the "Escalade" name off the current SUV platform. GM makes a lot of money from the Tahoe/Denali/Escalade sales and simply "transferring" the name to a different platform is too risky.

    That would also go against the current marketing campaign with David Bowie's "Fame" in the commercial showing that you are driving the ultimate symbol of luxury and not simply an up-level family hauler.

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    The ideal scenario for Cadillac is to create synergy within its own products while sharing remotely with other brands. Which means, diversifying the RWD platforms, if it is possible.

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    The only possibility of Cadillac being "exclusive" in its product offering that I can see now is if they put that 4.5L V8 into production in addition to the 3.6L V6 TT.

    Everything else is being shared by the other brands. The CTS-V will get the Z-O6 powertrain and all of the other engines can be found in other GM cars.

    I still miss the Northstar engine.

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    They don't need 4 Lambdas and Cadillac doesn't need more front wheel drive vehicles so this is a smart move. I also think that big families may be a bit on the decline, people wait longer and longer to have kids and they have less of them. And if gas keeps climbing, how much demand will there be for SUVs, when there are cars that might get 10 mpg better. Even in the luxury market, once the diesels catch on and people can take a 38 mpg sedan vs a 24 mpg SUV, that is a pretty dramatic difference. We have crumbling infrastructure also, gas taxes aren't going down, they will only go up. Maybe gas stays at $4 a gallon, but what if it is $6 per gallon in 2018, how will those big SUV sales look then?

    What Cadillac should do is make an SUV off the Alpha platform, and if they wanted to be economical they could make a short version and a long version like Hyundai does with the Santa Fe, then you can battle with X3 and X5 with one vehicle that has 2 versions. They won't do that though because the SRX sells. The other option is to make the SRX a bit smaller and keep the price in the $35-50k range and keep it front drive like the Lexus RX, and build an Alpha SUV the size of the CTS and not make it look like a station wagon on stilts like the last time around.

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    Even if gas prices go up, there will still be a market for the Body on Frame Full Size SUV's. From hauling trailers to Companies that have needs, there is a value market for the Full Size SUV and GM is the King right now and must keep them fresh to keep that title.

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    The Mercedes GL is unibody and outsold the Escalade the past couple years. I do agree that on some level there will always be a market for a big SUV like the Escalade, just like there will always be that select market for a Bentley or Ferrari regardless of how much gas costs. I think the market for mid size or slightly large SUVs could decline, that is why Cadillac is making the right move not throwing a 4th Lambda and another SUV into the mix. Look at sales of the Audi Q7, Lincoln MKT, Lexus GX, etc, they don't sell (although they are lousy vehicles too).

    Small crossovers are the hot thing now, that is the market to move into. Cadillac doesn't need a middle size, bigger and biggest SUV approach; they need to have small, medium and large. I wouldn't say Cadillac needs to go Encore small, but if they used Alpha they could make something ATS sized and keep the price based at $35k.

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    The previous Escalade was also $6k more than the GL in just base form. The 2015 model increases the price differential to $9k. Do try to compare apples to apples.

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    The Escalade's closest competitors as far as size and body on frame SUV go are the Navigator at $56,000 and the Infiniti QX80 at $63,000. The Escalade is now $71,000 and outsells the other two with ease. The GL is $63,000 base and unibody but it is as long as an Escalade and has 3 rows of seats, it really serves as the Escalade's greatest competitor since the Range Rover costs more and is a smaller 5 passenger, and the Lincoln is hopeless.

    The Escalade is a successful produce for Cadillac, but they don't need another 3 row SUV, they need a small SUV.

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    They have an SUV in the small class.... the SRX is the same size interior as the X3 and GLK. Sure it is larger on the outside, but that doesn't appear to be SRX hurting sales as it is still easily outselling its German rivals at that price point. Cadillac needs an X5 sized SUV (interior room) and that is what the new 2-row crossover in this article should accomplish.

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    Sales of the ATS and CTS are disappointing. How much longer will Cadillac invest billions trying to compete with Mercedes and BMW? I think Cadillac should consider having 3 crossovers (one smaller than the SRX plus a 3 row larger than the SRX) plus the Escalade because that's what luxury buyers (not me personally) appear to want.

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    The ATS looks a little bland I think, and it is a bit cramped inside. On the outside it may be the same size as the Germans, but on the inside I feel like there is a bit more room in a 3-series or C-class, although the C-class is sort of a narrow car too. The Lexus IS is way up, perhaps it is stealing off the ATS or perhaps people don't like CUE or all the glossy bling on Cadillac interiors.

    The SRX could almost get a little smaller to create more space between it and the Escalade for the new SUV to slot in the middle. I hope it is an Alpha SUV though and not just a stretched wheelbase SRX with a new name like SLX.

    To ehaase's point, I don't think Cadillac is spending billions, where is the money going? Yes they did the Alpha platform but that spawed 2 cars and the transmission was carry over, and the 2.0t and 3.6 V6 were already in house so no new engine to develop. The Escalade doesn't cost too much in engineering since most of the work is shared with other trucks.

    Mercedes passenger car division R&D budget is huge and Mercedes now has the 400 engineers that built their F1 car (that is undefeated) working on AMG road cars because they don't have anything else to do for the next few years. Cadillac doesn't spend what it takes to truly compete with BMW and Mercedes, GM doesn't have that kind of money to make that happen, but if they don't spend what they have, Cadillac will be Acura and end up a dead brand. Because if GM ever has to ax another brand it will be Cadillac since GMC is just a Chevy and Buick shares all its platforms and engines and some interior components with Chevy also. Honda doesn't kill Acura because they have no Buick or GMC, Acura serves that purpose of badge job vehicle.

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    The ATS looks a little bland I think, and it is a bit cramped inside. On the outside it may be the same size as the Germans, but on the inside I feel like there is a bit more room in a 3-series or C-class, although the C-class is sort of a narrow car too. The Lexus IS is way up, perhaps it is stealing off the ATS or perhaps people don't like CUE or all the glossy bling on Cadillac interiors.

    The SRX could almost get a little smaller to create more space between it and the Escalade for the new SUV to slot in the middle. I hope it is an Alpha SUV though and not just a stretched wheelbase SRX with a new name like SLX.

    To ehaase's point, I don't think Cadillac is spending billions, where is the money going? Yes they did the Alpha platform but that spawed 2 cars and the transmission was carry over, and the 2.0t and 3.6 V6 were already in house so no new engine to develop. The Escalade doesn't cost too much in engineering since most of the work is shared with other trucks.

    Mercedes passenger car division R&D budget is huge and Mercedes now has the 400 engineers that built their F1 car (that is undefeated) working on AMG road cars because they don't have anything else to do for the next few years. Cadillac doesn't spend what it takes to truly compete with BMW and Mercedes, GM doesn't have that kind of money to make that happen, but if they don't spend what they have, Cadillac will be Acura and end up a dead brand. Because if GM ever has to ax another brand it will be Cadillac since GMC is just a Chevy and Buick shares all its platforms and engines and some interior components with Chevy also. Honda doesn't kill Acura because they have no Buick or GMC, Acura serves that purpose of badge job vehicle.

    You want to talk about bland look at your beloved BMW and MB, other than their performance lines, those auto's are all bland and where I can at least sit in the ATS without my knees hitting the dash. The 3 series from BMW and MB C class I hit the dash. Yes at 6'6" tall I am cramped in all 3 versions but Cadillac has marketing issues more than being bland and cramped inside.

    Before you say GM will kill of Cadillac, you need to think about the stupid moves BMW and MB have made over the years and the diluted garbage they are selling around the world. Quality is some of the worst on both BMW and MB products. Mini's are a joke except to those that love the cuteness of the car as they do not fit most people, lousy product lines and based on their own numbers ship with 1 defect per car and in some cases 2. The Smart Car is another joke of an auto. Right now they might have the money in the bank, but the unions are starting to drag both companies down. They have over capacity, less than reliable products and there are far better choices out there if you are not a badge snob.

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    I don't like BMW or Audi, I like Jaguar and Mercedes. The German trio are seeing record sales over the past few years and record profit levels, I think I read Audi makes nearly $10,000 per car, and Porsche makes nearly $20,000 profit per car, people are obviously paying money for them even if some of them are dressed up VW's. Personally I'd never buy an Audi. Mercedes was #2 in quality according to JD power last year, only Lexus was better. Mercedes doesn't have over capacity either, the S-class is being built at 100% capacity, the C-class sold in the USA will be built in the USA because the German factory is maxed out and they are building a new factory in China. I would imagine with BMW sales climbing, they don't have all kinds of excess capacity either.

    Maybe the ATS's problem is marketing, but to ehaase's point, Cadillac has to spend to keep up with the Germans. BMW spent 4.8 billion Euro on R&D last year, Mercedes is usually around $5-6 billion, a couple years ago Mercedes spent more on R&D than any other car maker except Ford. Cadillac's problem is they don't have a $4 billion annual budget, but if they don't at least try to keep up then Cadillac will turn into what Acura and Lincoln have become. You either spend big or go home.

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    Cadillac also doesn't have to have the lineup that those manufacturers do. Cadillac is not producing taxi cabs and they will don't seem to be entering the knock-off luxury market (CLA, A3, 1-Series) any time soon. I'm glad that Cadillac isn't pursuing all the weird niche models that BMW and Benz are... do we really need a Cadillac competitor to the X4 and X6 just to move an additional 300 units a month? Imagine what BMW and Benz's profitability would be if they DIDN'T chase every niche.

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    Cadillac shouldn't be in every niche, BMW goes overboard trying to create body styles for the sake of creating body styles. I don't think the other auto makers do that so much. Cadillac does need 3 SUVs though, and they need a convertible and/or sports car. Can't survive just on sedans, especially when 2 of their 3 sedans have the same price.

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    SRX needs to become MKX sized and on a more sophisticated platform, and then add another smaller crossover. escalade is a premier product , it's what people aspire to, so no need for lambdas.

    ATS for all it's goodness does suffer from almost non existent back seat. I think that is what is killing it in our market. Also the interior already has a dated feel. Cadillac has not developed a lease strategy to in stealth fashion hook first timers into the fold with cheap leases. Plus they do not seem to be marketing the car. What they ought to do is concentrate less on fully loaded versions and just build the ATS to a not too steep price class and just try to get intros into to the brand. One item besides the v that caddy needs is a trim for all wheel drive turbo manual. Quattro is what sells Audi. I would also even say we need Cadillac diesels. An ATS. And maybe even a CTS. On the ATS too even though I think the 2.5 is ok for the starter trim really they should consider dropping it and maybe just putting a detuned 2.0 turbo in the base model..

    Not a lot of CTS or ATS around here of the new versions. Funny, the Buick regal seems to do quite well.....lots of XTS too....

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    I think the opposite. The SRX should stay the same size interior, but move to Alpha platform to improve packaging and lose weight. Then this new crossover can be the MKX-X5-Mclass contender.

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    I think the opposite. The SRX should stay the same size interior, but move to Alpha platform to improve packaging and lose weight. Then this new crossover can be the MKX-X5-Mclass contender.

    I would agree with that, except for who really cares about competing with anything Lincoln makes. They can make 2 crossovers off the Alpha platform, make the better packaged, smaller on the outside SRX (you could probably cut 4 inches in front bumper overhang), then make an M-class and X5 competitor. The CTS wheelbase has to be longer than an M-class or X5 so we know size wise it would work, and no one is driving any of the above mentioned vehicles off road.

    Plus you already have the CTS powertrains in place, the mid-size crossover can start with the V6 perhaps and offer the twin turbo V6 in a V-sport model. Jeep has the SRT Cherokee, the Germans have V8 and AMG/M models of their SUVs, even the Toureg has a 380 hp hybrid option. Cadillac needs some kind of high power SUV.

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    >>...except for who really cares about competing with anything Lincoln makes.<<

    Mercedes feels it's justifiable to build vehicles that sell only 2-300 units/mth (g-class SUV); that's less than HALF on any Lincoln SUV. NOT at all saying they're direct competitors but a lux SUV sales is a sale and some consumers don't bother to adhere to the tight segments we go by. Sometimes functionality trumps other criteria, and these pretty much all do the same thing- sit the occupants up higher than a sedan. Mercedes & BMW dismissed the CTS when it came out, and it's a major segment player now. There's not much expense in studying your opposition, even if enthusiasts believe it's well below your level.

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      Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
      Legroom (in / mm):
      40.9 / 1040 (front)
      39.7 / 1008 (rear)
      Shoulder room (in / mm):
      57.2 / 1452 (front)
      55.5 / 1410 (rear)
      Hip room (in / mm):
      54.2 / 1377 (front)
      51.7 / 1314 (rear)
      Weights & Capacities

      Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
      Fuel capacity (gal / L):
      14.7 / 55 (FWD)
      TBD (AWD)
      15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
      Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
      29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
      63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
      Max trailering (lb / kg):
      3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
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    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page We weren't expecting this, but Chevrolet has revealed the all-new 2018 Equinox tonight in Chicago. 
      The exterior borrows heavily from the Cruze and Malibu designs. Up front is a revised grille (similar to the one seen on the Cruze) with new headlights and LED daytime running lights. Around the side is a character line that swoops down and 'Equinox' name on the front doors. The back features a restyled tailgate, blacked-out pillars to give the impression of wrap-around glass, and horizontal taillights. The interior matches up with newer Chevrolet models with a floating screen (either seven or eight-inches) and either cloth or leather covering bits of the dash. One key item Chevrolet is quick to point is the dashboard is lower to provide better visibility.
      There will be three turbocharged four-cylinders on offer; a 1.5L, 2.0L, and a 1.6L diesel. The 2.0L turbo will come paired with GM's new nine-speed automatic. We're guessing the 1.5 and 1.6 will get a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive will come standard and an all-wheel drive system with a disconnecting rear axle when not in use will be optional. One item we're glad to see is Chevrolet dropping 400 pounds out of the Equinox.
      On the safety front, the Equinox will feature the options of surround-view camera system, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. Two new features will be Teen Driver (can set limits on speed and volume for your young driver) and Rear Seat Reminder (reminds you to check the back seat to prevent kids from overheating on a hot day).
      No word on pricing, but Chevrolet says the 2018 Equinox will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2017.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2
      CHEVROLET INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2018 EQUINOX
      The perfect balance of design and technology DETROIT — Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer.
      “We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business — starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”
      Today’s compact SUV customers want a vehicle that meets all of their needs, from design, connectivity and safety perspectives. The Equinox delivers on all fronts, starting with its fresh new design and all-new propulsion systems.
      Fresh, new design
      The new Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, muscular skin echoing the global Chevrolet design cues and sculpted shapes seen in the Volt, Malibu and Cruze. Extensive aero development in the wind tunnel influenced the sleek shape.
      It is a richer, more detailed design featuring chrome trim on all models and Malibu-inspired styling. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with LED daytime running lamps. At the rear, horizontal taillamps emphasize the Equinox’s wide stance, while uplevel models feature LED taillamps. 
      “Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director, GM Design. “Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.”
      The interior takes advantage of the Equinox’s all-new architecture to offer a down-and-away instrument panel, while a low windshield base provides a commanding outward view. New elements such as available denim-style seat fabric blend high style with high durability, while a new “kneeling” rear seat enhances functionality. With it, the bottom cushions tilt forward when the split-folding seatbacks are lowered, allowing a flat floor for easier loading.
      Connectivity
      The 2018 Equinox offers purposeful technology that helps keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
      Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies are front and center, including 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.)
      Safety
      The Equinox offers a comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features that provide ease of use and peace of mind on the road.
      Teen Driver is also offered, allowing parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to encourage safer driving habits, even when they are not in the vehicle.  
      Available advanced active safety features to enhance driver awareness on the road include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to avoid them, including:
      New Safety Alert Seat New Surround Vision New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning New Rear Seat Reminder Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert  Rear Cross Traffic Alert Turbocharged engines and more 
      A range of three turbocharged engines — including the compact SUV segment’s first turbo-diesel in North America — provides customers more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.
      They include a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — and a 1.6L turbo-diesel.
      “With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the efficiency of a smaller engine.”
      The new Equinox is the first Chevrolet model in North America to use an all-turbocharged, multi-engine powertrain lineup. That includes the expected segment-exclusive 1.6L turbo-diesel that will offer customers excellent efficiency and capability.
      “It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer. “And it looks great doing it.”
      Additional vehicle highlights:
      Approximately 400 pounds (180 kg) lighter than the current model — a 10 percent weight reduction Switchable AWD system that enhances efficiency by disconnecting from the rear axle when not needed  Unique kneeling rear seat that enables a flat rear load floor and up to 63.5 cubic feet (1,798 liters) of maximum cargo space Equinox sales have reached more than 2 million since its launch and it is Chevrolet’s second-best retail selling vehicle, after the Silverado.
      The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017 in North America. It rolls out to approximately 115 additional global markets later in the year.
      2018 CHEVROLET EQUINOX PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS 
      (NORTH AMERICA)
      Overview

      Models: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
      Body style / driveline:
      five-passenger, four-door SUV, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive
      EPA vehicle class:
      compact SUV
      Powertrains

      Engine / Type: 1.5L turbo DOHC DI
      2.0L turbo DOHC DI
      1.6L turbo-diesel
      Block material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Cylinder head material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Fuel delivery:
      direct injection
      direct injection
      direct injection
      Horsepower (hp / kW):
      170 / 127 (GM-estimated)
      252 / 188 (GM-estimated)
      136 / 101 (GM-estimated)
      Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):
      203 / 275 (GM-estimated)
      260 / 353 (GM-estimated)
      236 / 320 (GM-estimated)
      GM-est. fuel economy:
      31 hwy
      28 hwy
      40 hwy
      Transmission:
      Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic
      Chassis / Suspension

      Suspension (front): MacPherson strut with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar
      Suspension (rear): 
      4 Link Independent Rear Suspension
      Steering type:
      Dual Rack and Pinion Electric Power Steering
      Turning circle (ft / m):
      37.4 / 11.4 (17-inch wheels)
      Brakes & Wheels

      Brake type: four-wheel disc with ABS and ESC; Duralife rotors and low-drag calipers (US)
      Wheel size and type:
      17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum
      Exterior Dimensions

      Wheelbase (in / mm): 107.3 / 2725
      Overall length (in / mm):
      183.1 / 4652
      Overall width (in / mm):
      72.6 / 1843
      Overall height (in / mm):
      65.4 / 1661
      Track (in / mm):
      front: 62.2 / 1580
      rear: 62.2 / 1581
      Interior Dimensions

      Seating capacity: 2 / 3
      Headroom (in / mm):
      Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
      Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
      Legroom (in / mm):
      40.9 / 1040 (front)
      39.7 / 1008 (rear)
      Shoulder room (in / mm):
      57.2 / 1452 (front)
      55.5 / 1410 (rear)
      Hip room (in / mm):
      54.2 / 1377 (front)
      51.7 / 1314 (rear)
      Weights & Capacities

      Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
      Fuel capacity (gal / L):
      14.7 / 55 (FWD)
      TBD (AWD)
      15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
      Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
      29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
      63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
      Max trailering (lb / kg):
      3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
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    • By William Maley
      The tentative agreement between General Motors and Canadian union Unifor has a $400 million investment going to Oshawa for a new product. Unifor President Jerry Dias said at a press briefing yesterday morning that Oshawa would be the only GM plant that will build cars and trucks. Neither side is saying what that product might be.
      But Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail has learned from sources that Oshawa will be handling the final assembly of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Truck bodies from GM's Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana will travel to Oshawa to have interiors installed and final assembly. The Detroit News reports something similar, although their source says it will only be the Silverado.
      Oshawa has a history of building pickups. For four decades, Oshawa was one of the places where GM built the Silverado and Sierra. But in 2009, GM closed the truck plant due to the recession. 
      The Globe and Mail also reports that production of the XTS has been extended at Oshawa. Analysts believed previously that XTS production would end in 2019.
      Source: The Globe and Mail, The Detroit News

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