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Report: GMC Mulls New Body-on-Frame SUV

Report: GMC Mulls New Body-on-Frame SUV

Jul 18, 2016

GMC is looking to capitalize on strong demand for SUVs and pickup trucks by expanding its lineup, and one of its new offerings could be a rugged mid-size SUV.

According to Automotive News’ (subscription required) sources, GMC is drawing up plans for a new SUV based on the body-on-frame platform of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins.

General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] already offers such a vehicle in the form of the Chevy Trailblazer (shown below), though the vehicle is only offered overseas at present.

Any new body-on-frame SUV for GMC will likely be a next-generation design, as product planners are said to only be at an early stage of the development.

GMC boss Duncan Aldred hinted in 2014 that GMC could launch a rival to the Jeep Wrangler, and speaking recently with Automotive News he said GMC could be positioned as an “alternative to Jeep” to help boost sales. Jeep is on fire right now, with its annual sales in 2015 breaching the million mark.

Aldred said new products for GMC were part of “Phase 2” of the brand’s growth strategy and would only start arriving around 2020. “Phase 1,” he said, is currently underway and includes building brand awareness and elevating the premium Denali tag to sub-brand status.

GMC isn’t the only brand that’s looking at introducing a new rugged SUV. Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is due to launch a new Bronco based on the next-generation version of its Ranger mid-size pickup truck. Nissan has also started testing a prototype for an SUV based on its NP300 Navara mid-size pickup truck.

Stay tuned for an update.
 

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Re: Report: GMC Mulls New Body-on-Frame SUV

Ford has the body on frame rugged SUV covered with the Everest.




Now with the Broncho, Ford, like GM needs to go another direction and compete directly with the Wrangler.

 

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Alan Mulally was on the Paul W. Smith Show, this morning (WJR Detroit).
...listed their important growth and mainstay vehicles. In the list of "Escape, Expedition.... was RANGER!


...old video - leaving the Link/blurb ... TY, Bloggin!
Ford Chooses Michigan to Manufacture Its First Battery Electric Vehicle
Governor Granholm and President and CEO Alan Mulally announce that Ford will retool the Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne to make the electric Ford Focus as well as other smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles. Video from WXYZ in Detroit.


if anyone can find the NEW interview - or I'll look for it tomorrow
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